Shadegg on Fox News tomorrow to discuss healthcare

John Shadegg will appear on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:15 a.m. to talk about the Stimulus Provision Regarding Government-Run Healthcare.

From a press release:

“The stimulus package recently passed by the House of Representatives includes a provision that will greatly affect health care in America. The bill creates a Federal Coordinating Council to conduct ‘Comparative Effectiveness’ research on the efficiency of health care treatments. We are writing to you to express our grave concern regarding this provision and how it will threaten access to care for patients across the country.

“According to report language written by Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, the comparative effectiveness language could jeopardize access to potentially life-saving medical treatments: “items, procedures, and interventions… that are found to be less effective and in some cases, more expensive, will no longer be prescribed.” This provision is an egregious affront to personal liberty and will further expand the government’s assault on the patient-doctor relationship.

“Seventeen House Democrats also recently wrote you to express similar concerns about the comparative effectiveness provision, stating that the bill should, “[protect] against the use of this research to deny access to care solely based on cost.” Patient advocacy groups, such as the AIDS Institute, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association have written Congress to express their concern with this provision. They believe that the House language could lead “to restrictions on patients’ access to treatment.

“This provision may jeopardize the health care needs of millions of patients across the country. We ask that this provision be removed by conferees as they move towards a final bill.”

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