God Forbid We Follow The Science!

We just might have the stupidest legislature on Earth:

The Democrats’ 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.

“There’s much discussion about whether or not you should get a particular service at a particular age,” Ms. Mikulski said during the floor debate. “We don’t mandate that you get a service. We leave that up to a decision made with the woman and her doctor.”

Republicans, in Ms. Murkowski’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. Vitter’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.

God Forbid We Follow The Science!

Why Does a Senator Care About the NFL?

Arlen Specter wants to know more about the Patriots taping of sideline signals. He made noise about it the week before the Superbowl in a moved that could have been timed only to embarrass the NFL. He wants to hold hearings. IN THE SENATE. I’d explain all the times that his oversight could have come in useful in the past 7-9 years, but it wouldn’t be news to you anyway.

Do you suppose it could have anything to do with the fact that Specter’s #1 and #2 campaign donors are Comcast’s lobbying firm and Comcast? Comcast has been in a protracted battle with the NFL regarding their NFL Network. Maybe Specter thought he could stick up for his beloved Iggles while sticking it to the NFL in the process.
Thanks, again, for nothing, Arlen.

Why Does a Senator Care About the NFL?