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How Sick Is This?

November 20, 2009 | Permalink

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Good one!

Posted by: John Holton | Nov 20, 2009 11:25:58 AM

Must we peddle nonsense?

Posted by: Gherald | Nov 20, 2009 9:30:59 PM

My sister died at age 47 after a 6 year battle with breast cancer. So, really Obama, women don't need mammograms until they're 50? Tell me that again.

Posted by: Onecos | Nov 21, 2009 11:09:27 AM

The plural of anecdote is not data.

Posted by: Gherald | Nov 21, 2009 2:06:42 PM

Nice bit o' sensitivity there, Gherald.

Posted by: Tom McMahon | Nov 21, 2009 2:25:14 PM

Sensitivity doesn't help us make sense of macro issues. It just causes pain and confusion similar to your little chart here.

Posted by: Gherald | Nov 21, 2009 6:32:38 PM

Without a doubt this is the clearest representation of the problem we face when personal responsibility is NOT valued. Choice means that the life can survive but that's not the objective of the pro-choicers. We all know women who have had early detection of cancer through testing. I am sick and tired of the stupidest of our society making the decisions for those of us who manage our decisions so we don't have to seek out murder to make life more convenient for us. I'd be ashamed to admit that I "support abortion" but don't think medical tests should be available to all.

Posted by: Susan | Nov 21, 2009 6:43:44 PM

Well I'll apologize for my flippiness...I just get frustrated when I see people peddling blatant falsehoods.

So I'll answer simply: The fact that some people have cancer detected by mammograms before age 50 does not mean that it's helpful for most people. In fact this new research shows that, on balance, mammograms before 50 are a net harm for most people. It's not Obama saying this--it's a completely independent study that he and his people had no hand in, and which the present healthcare legislation makes no reference to.

Of course, people vary. If there's a history of breast cancer in your family, that changes the calculus of how soon you should be examined. So consult your physician for details.

ObamaCare will not affect coverage for mammograms, and also offers no additional coverage of elective abortions. (In fact the bill passed by the House would make elective abortion coverage more difficult to obtain than the status quo, which is why progressives are up in arms against the Stupak ammendment).

Posted by: Gherald | Nov 21, 2009 6:56:14 PM

Gherald, your last comment was very well written.

I want to chime in here and say that I've had people very close to me die from cancer. They had pancreatic cancer, lung cancer (he was a non-smoker), stomach cancer, and a couple had leukemia. I would be very surprised if anyone was without similar stories, perhaps in which earlier detection would have made a difference.

But to relate those tragic personal experiences as a means to denigrate a political figure misattributed to the issue at hand, I find that quite tasteless.

Posted by: tpulley | Nov 22, 2009 5:31:01 PM

Hey these are political cartoons. This was a fair exaggeration. Govt study=obama care, is not necessarily true but illustrates a larger truth, that if the government is going to drive out costs (as they keep claiming) then some things are going to be dropped.

I would much rather that the various group policies do the rationing than the people down at the DMV, but 60 senators may think differently.

Posted by: 4blockhead | Nov 23, 2009 10:32:16 AM

I think we're missing the big picture here: ObamaCare is an attempt by the left to take control over people's lives by compelling them--unconstitutionally, of course--to buy government health insurance. This government interference in one of the most personal issues of all is no more than their attempt to make us all more dependent upon the state, and to install de facto socialism.

It must be fought tooth and nail. There can be no good from ObamaCare, only harm. One of the biggest casualties will be our sovereignty over our own bodies.

Reprehensible.

Posted by: Sparticus | Nov 25, 2009 11:58:55 PM

I think we're missing the big picture here: ObamaCare is an attempt by the left to take control over people's lives by compelling them--unconstitutionally, of course--to buy government health insurance. This government interference in one of the most personal issues of all is no more than their attempt to make us all more dependent upon the state, and to install de facto socialism.

It must be fought tooth and nail. There can be no good from ObamaCare, only harm. One of the biggest casualties will be our sovereignty over our own bodies.

Reprehensible.

Posted by: Sparticus | Nov 25, 2009 11:58:55 PM

> I just get frustrated when I see people peddling blatant falsehoods.

So you're really, really frustrated with Obama and the MSM, for all the BS they've been pushing for the last year and more?

Or are you a hypocrite and not an egalitarian when it comes to this behavior pattern?

Posted by: OBloodyhell | Nov 27, 2009 10:49:16 PM

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