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Opinion: The most misused word in healthcare

CNN Money, April 23, 2014
Let's ban the word "rationing" from the health care debate. It's everywhere. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) earlier this month introduced the "Repeal Rationing in Support of Life Act," which would remove four provisions of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) that restrict spending. A recent front-page article in the New York Times, headed "Treatment Cost Could Influence Doctors' Advice," noted that some critics call such a practice rationing. Accusations and denials of rationing have filled discussions of the ACA since before its enactment four years ago. So let's be clear on two big facts about rationing. First, as the term has long been used, we don't have rationing of health care under the ACA.