How “Death Panels” Will Work

Remember during the healthcare bill debate Sarah Palin raised a ruckus with her reference to death panels, and liberals screamed bout what an alarmist idiot she is?  Now the WaPo reports that “Federal regulators are considering taking the highly unusual step of rescinding approval of a drug that patients with advanced breast cancer turn to as a last-ditch hope.”

There is nothing wrong with taking a second look at drugs to make sure they are safe and effective in practice, but that may not be why the FDA is revisiting the cancer drug Avastin. 

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the recommendation of influential scientific advisers to revoke authorization of the drug to treat metastatic breast cancer. Contrary to initial research, new studies indicate that the benefits of the drug, which costs $8,000 a month, do not outweigh its risks, the advisory panel concluded.

It’s that bit about costs v. benefits that has people worried.  Rightly so. 

Contrary to popular misconception, “death panels” would not work by picking patients to allow to live or die directly.  They would work like this — the government causes drugs or procedures that it decides are too expensive to pay for in relation to their effectiveness to be barred or removed from the market.  Hence, no tricky case-by-case decision are needed, and there is no one person to be trotted out to the media as the “face” of the decision to deny coverage.  Everyone is denied coverage, since the treatment is simply gone.

Welcome to the magical world of Obamacare.

Via Hot Air.

Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  

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