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And So Rationing Begins: ObamaCare vs. Breast Cancer Patients
Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2011 | Garrett Murch

Posted on 02/26/2011 6:13:45 AM PST by Kaslin

Influenced by the president’s mandate to “bend the health care cost curve,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to deny late-stage breast cancer patients access to the critical, but expensive, life-extending drug Avastin. The FDA wants to “de-label” the drug, a move that would force patients with insurance or Medicare coverage to pay for the drug out of their own pocket in order to survive. Now patients groups are speaking out.

Led by the Susan B. Komen Foundation for a Cure, 15 patient advocacy groups have petitioned the FDA to reverse their effort to ration the drug. In a letter to the FDA, Elizabeth Thompson, the organization’s President, expresses concern over the potential negative impact that the FDA’s decision will have on women who are benefiting from Avastin:

"We know that for some number of women, Avastin works and works well. We have heard from women who are gaining not just months, but years with a high quality of life, from this treatment.

We are concerned about the potential impact on women who are benefiting from Avastin if the FDA ultimately removes its approval for the drug for metastatic breast cancer treatment. We want to be sure that women who are using Avastin, and for whom it is working, can continue to have access to it, and that their insurers will continue to pay for it...

Today, the issue is Avastin. In the coming years, there will be other treatments that may be controversial but will help some number of women and men with breast cancer live longer, high quality lives, and perhaps to ‘beat’ breast cancer altogether…[w]e must make it possible for these treatments to be available to all who will benefit from them. The decision on Avastin is precedent setting and deserves to be considered in a public setting."

The Avastin case is the rationing camel nose under America’s health care tent. Should the FDA successfully introduce cost into the drug approval process, the long-term implications will be enormous. It will not be breast cancer patients alone who will suffer. Avastin is first step on the slippery slope toward rationing. The FDA’s action is dangerous and cannot stand.

Fortunately, Judge Vinson’s ruling that ObamaCare is unconstitutional has temporarily given hope that we may reverse course before it is too late. While Vinson’s decision finds Obamacare’s individual mandate unconstitutional, it strikes down the entire law as the mandate is not severable from the full legislation.

Like the individual mandate, FDA rationing is a flawed (some might say lazy, dishonest, or inhumane) attempt to lower Obamacare’s alarming financial cost. But both come with heavy price tags, nonetheless. While the mandate will cost jobs and wages, FDA rationing will cost lives that could otherwise be extended, improved, or even saved. We simply cannot afford the real cost of ObamaCare.

Vinson’s decision makes clear ObamaCare implementation by state and federal officials should immediately cease. The Cato Institute’s Mike Cannon and Ilya Shapiro, in a devastating column in the Providence Journal note:

"In ruling as he did, Judge Vinson wrote that “it must be presumed that federal officers will adhere to the law as declared by the court.” Yet the Obama administration has thus far shown no inclination to do so. But neither has it sought to stay the practical effects of the ruling — perhaps because it thinks that doing so would give credence to the court’s decision."

Sadly, the Obama Administration appears to be making calls out of President Andrew Jackson’s playbook. America’s seventh President reportedly once said about a Supreme Court ruling that Georgia could not impose its laws upon Cherokee tribal lands, "John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!"

Rather than adhering to Judge Vinson’s ruling or request a stay, the Obama Administration is instead requesting a ‘clarification’ of the decision, a thinly veiled attempt to run interference for ObamaCare’s supporters to continue moving forward with implementation of the law. Like its attempts to use the Environmental Protection Agency to bypass Congress in issuing politically unpalatable energy and environmental regulations, the Administration is showing a blatant disregard for the Constitutional separation of powers in ignoring Judge Vinson’s ruling.

Even with Vinson’s decision, the fight is not over and ObamaCare advocates may ultimately prevail, FDA health care rationing and all. The case is expected to move to the 11th Circuit Court by this summer. Efforts are even underway to expedite consideration by the Supreme Court. Until, then, however, it is clear ObamaCare implementation must be put on hold. We do still live in a nation of laws, after all.

Mr. President, Judge Vinson has made his decision, now you have to enforce it!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0blowacare; avastin; breastcancer; deathpanels; fda; healthcare; jimmyqaeda2; obamacare; ta; tuh

1 posted on 02/26/2011 6:13:48 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Hopey Changy!


2 posted on 02/26/2011 6:15:01 AM PST by Yet_Again
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To: Kaslin; Nachum

Yet 90% of the people who would suffer are still going to vote for him in 2012.


3 posted on 02/26/2011 6:15:43 AM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: Yet_Again; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

AND SO IT BEGINS. Operative word......BEGINS.


4 posted on 02/26/2011 6:20:16 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Perdogg

You aint seen nothin yet.


5 posted on 02/26/2011 6:21:48 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Perdogg

Yes, and I’m willing to bet money that about half of breast cancer patients are democrats but they will still vote for the obummer in 2012. Demorats are zoombies for sure.


6 posted on 02/26/2011 6:22:46 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: New Jersey Realist

50% is probably a safe number to be on dims who are ready to sacrifice themselves to the wun and the party who don’t care about them anyway without a thought.


7 posted on 02/26/2011 6:25:33 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Yes, and I’m willing to bet money that about half of breast cancer patients are democrats but they will still vote for the obummer in 2012. Demorats are zoombies for sure.

Not necessarily ‘zombies’, more like martyrs for the ‘cause’.


8 posted on 02/26/2011 6:27:13 AM PST by griswold3 (Second law of thermodynamics. Are we there yet?)
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To: Kaslin
ObamaCare is worse than the private insurance companies about not covering illnesses.

We should have learned by now that what he accuses somebody else of, is what he's about to do.

Obama makes me sick!...and there is no cure as long as he is in office!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 posted on 02/26/2011 6:30:17 AM PST by lonestar
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To: Kaslin

10 posted on 02/26/2011 6:33:51 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve said all along that the Obama true believers who think this so-called health reform is a good thing aren’t going to find out how wrong they are until they are affected themselves. Just wait till they need health care, and they can’t get it.


11 posted on 02/26/2011 6:35:05 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Kaslin; All
a move that would force patients with insurance or Medicare coverage to pay for the drug out of their own pocket

The options are:

Medicare patients will pay for it out of their own pocket, or

Taxpayers will pay for it with the threat of imprisonment if they refuse.

Take your choice, there are no magic unicorns who will defecate bottles of the drug.

12 posted on 02/26/2011 6:38:52 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Who's Damaged America More? (a) Al Qaeda (b) Wall Street Investment Bankers)
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To: Kaslin
Woot! The only positive aspect of this is the liberal-on-liberal infighting.

But I have to ask, why does the FDA have this power? If my wife needed this drug and we had a prescription for it, then what right does the FDA have to tell me that I cannot go to a pharmacy and pay cash for this drug?

I hope the single women who support 0bama to the hilt take a note of this. Health care for women costs a lot more than it does for men, and once the government cuts what little is spent on men, it realizes the next target of "savings" is women.

13 posted on 02/26/2011 6:42:15 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Kaslin

The pro abortion / Planned parenthood supporting Susan B Koman group is fighting with fellow leftists !


14 posted on 02/26/2011 6:44:10 AM PST by ncalburt (Get Even on Election Day)
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To: Kaslin

And now we see why physicians need to provide death counseling.


15 posted on 02/26/2011 6:47:16 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Kaslin

Why call it ObamaCare it should be called ObummerCare. Because it is a real bummer for some people now. Eventually it will be a bummer for everyone. Avastin a drug used by women with breast cancer is also used by others whom have cancer. So now Obummer has decided that the cost of the medication is more important than giving some women the ability to live longer.

In the extended family relation that I am part of, one of the women suffered breast cancer, she went through the appropiate treatments was deemed cancer free for 3 years, she went through 4 years of struggling to survive, she saw her 2 oldest sons graduate high school and marry, she tried till her youngest her daughter was to graduate from high school, but she did not make it.

this will become the status quo for America.

does everyone know why Obama wants this is because his own mother died of cancer. But he forgets that she was out of the country, basically in some third world country that had poor medical care. By the time his mother got to America for medical care there was little that could be done for his mother. So all of America has to be punished because his own mother died because of her own recklessness. Just like he is angry that when he could not afford the birth of his first child that is why a pregnancy is a punishment and he had a bill of some 700.00 to pay the hospital bill. gee Obama a birth of a child is not a punishment it is a gift from God.

In our family we remember the lose of our sister to breast cancer. Yes whenever one of the extended family has a child we rejoice in the gift of the child.


16 posted on 02/26/2011 6:48:32 AM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: ncalburt

When all those “bennies” get cut it’s actually going to be fun to watch the obama worshippers heads explode.

Sadly, about half the people in this country still don’t get it or refuse to admit they were wrong.


17 posted on 02/26/2011 6:52:36 AM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Kaslin

We’re lucky that they picked on a breast cancer drug first. That’s a tactical mistake by the socialists.

You don’t see too many “walks for prostate cancer.” Dead white men are unpopular these days.

“Breast Cancer Fundraising” google hits: 1,560,000
“Prostate Cancer Fundraising” google hits: 343,000 hits
2010 Breast cancer deaths: 40,230
2010 Prostate cancer deaths: 32,050

Go get ‘em, ladies!


18 posted on 02/26/2011 6:54:35 AM PST by MV=PY
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To: griswold3

“Not necessarily ‘zombies’, more like martyrs for the ‘cause’.”

Actually they are clueless useful idiots. The MSM will never tell them so you have to figure those who do not get their news off the internet will never learn of this. It will be only when it is too late that they will figure it out.


19 posted on 02/26/2011 7:11:48 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The way to beat a terrorist is to terrorize him.)
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To: Kaslin

bump


20 posted on 02/26/2011 7:16:01 AM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: SandRat

bttt


21 posted on 02/26/2011 7:22:31 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Notary Sojac

At a cost of up to $100k per year noone will pay for Avastin out of their own pockets.


22 posted on 02/26/2011 7:24:49 AM PST by sheana
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To: Yet_Again

I find these stories ridiculous. Obama Care begins in 2013 so this is propaganda. The very thing we hate. Plus the House has not even given a dime towards Obama care yet and hopefully they won’t.


23 posted on 02/26/2011 7:28:28 AM PST by napscoordinator
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This article has things wrong. Avastin has never been shown to help breast cancer patients. The FDA originally oked its use so the FDA director could get a cushy job at Roche. These are all well known facts in the industry. And, in an unprecedented move the FDA has invited Roche to justify the drug's use in breast cancer.
24 posted on 02/26/2011 7:34:16 AM PST by webboy45
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To: Kaslin

DEATH PANELS


25 posted on 02/26/2011 7:35:07 AM PST by onedoug (If)
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To: Kaslin
All drugs are expensive when first introduced, and typically become less expensive as time goes on and creative ways to lower costs are found.

As soon as patent protection runs out, generics are available at substantial discounts.

If we circumvent this natural progression, the drug will be very expensive forever.

26 posted on 02/26/2011 7:37:09 AM PST by CurlyDave
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To: napscoordinator

You don’t think the federally controlled FDA isn’t starting to make decisions to ‘bend the cost curve’ to lower federal spending on health care? This happens in every nation where the government both pays for health services and controls supply.


27 posted on 02/26/2011 7:40:50 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: MV=PY

True,but I did enjoy the “family jewels” commerical for
Valentines Day.


28 posted on 02/26/2011 7:49:25 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Kaslin

The objective is not to deny women this lifesaving drug, but to pick and choose who gets it.


29 posted on 02/26/2011 8:16:07 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: lonestar
ObamaCare is worse than the private insurance companies about not covering illnesses.

There is no doubt that giving a private company too much power can result in a bad situation.

What the naive believers in Big Government Socialism do not understand is that giving too much power to a Government is far worse.

The answer is finding the right system of Checks and Balances and not swinging from one power extreme to the other.

30 posted on 02/26/2011 9:38:43 AM PST by Polybius
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To: Kaslin

Something useful the Komen Foundation could do with all that money they raise.


31 posted on 02/26/2011 10:56:04 AM PST by smalltownslick
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To: Notary Sojac

Medicare is only underfunded long term by $72 Trillion or so.
How could this be?

/sarc


32 posted on 02/26/2011 11:02:26 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: pnh102

“if you had a prescription for it”

maybe you won’t find a doctor who will go against the FDA and the uS govt and write a prescription for it, will you?

Obamacare makes it very very hard for a doctor to buck the system. It attempts to make aggressive medical care for some patients a “bad” thing. Eventually, the obamites will succeed in making most of society accept that people who want to live and whose care is very expensive- are “selfish”

Ironically this drug Avastatin is effective against other types of cancer such as colon and prostate- will it continue to be prescribed for them but not breast cancer?


33 posted on 02/26/2011 11:31:49 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: napscoordinator
ah but the insurance industry is already adjusting coverages in anticipation

the government studies and recommendations that will be used to justify obamacare rationing are already being ublished and used as industry standards for determining levels of patient care that are to be covered, ie the Govt study that decided women under 40 do not "need" mammograms nor should women even be doing breast self-exams! How many health plans now deny routine mammograms to women under 40?

I know my own spouse who just entered MEDICARE at age 65 got ONE physical exam at program entry and is not entitled to covergae for any more routine physical exams! This just boggle the senses that "good medicine" now decrees that people over 65 should NOT be covered for annual physicals by their paid-for govt health plan. All our lives we've been advised to get an annual check up! Now all of a sudden it's not necessary.

34 posted on 02/26/2011 11:43:41 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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