Blackburn: Health Care By the Numbers

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 22, 2009 11:26am

If the devil is in the details, he may have met his match in Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. 

Many in Congress have ridiculed the size of the health reform package. But this morning on "This Week," Blackburn put her command of the 2,000+ page bill on full display:

"And, George, this is exactly how it happens.  If you go to page 1,296 of the House bill, the engrossed copy, and you began to read in title three of that bill, on preventive and wellness services, and you get down to section 2301, this is what happens.  In section 3131 of that bill, it changes the Preventive Services Task Force to the Clinical Preventive Services Task Force. Then, you go back and you see that that task force on preventive clinical services is tasked with rating A, B, C, D, or I all preventive services.  Then you go back into section 222 of the bill…"


   BLACKBURN:  Yes, I have read this bill.  And that indicates what would be paid or covered.  And this is where the actual link comes, and I'll read it for you.  In section 2301, it says, "All recommendations of the Preventive Services Task Force" — that's the group that did the mammograms — "and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, as in existence on the day before the date of the enactment of this act, shall be considered to be recommendations of the Task Force on Clinical Preventive Services."

BLACKBURN:  And when you look at what is going to happen with these 118 new bureaucracies with 62 directives that are given by the health choices commissioner on what insurance can be offered in this country after 2013 and what is going to be paid, you know that this is the bureaucrat in the exam room.  This is how it's going to happen.


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