We just might have the stupidest legislature on Earth:
The Democratsâ€™ health care bill would generally require insurers to provide preventive treatment recommended by the expert panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force. But lawmakers in both parties made clear that they wanted doctors to decide when a mammogram is medically necessary and that insurers should be required to cover the cost if the procedure is needed.
â€œThereâ€™s much discussion about whether or not you should get a particular service at a particular age,â€ Ms. Mikulski said during the floor debate. â€œWe donâ€™t mandate that you get a service. We leave that up to a decision made with the woman and her doctor.â€
Republicans, in Ms. Murkowskiâ€™s amendment and in a separate amendment by Mr. Vitter, specifically sought to set aside the task force recommendations on mammograms and to bar the federal government from relying on the findings. Mr. Vitterâ€™s amendment was adopted without a vote on Wednesday night.
That’s right. By law, we can’t follow the guidelines of an independent, scientific, medical commission. God help us.