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Mammography outcry points to trouble for healthcare reform

Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2009

A core tenet of the healthcare overhaul President Obama is pushing through Congress is that medical care can be improved, and costs contained, if the country relies more on experts to determine which procedures and treatments work best, the Los Angeles Times reports. But an expert panel's recommendation that women in their 40s should no longer get annual mammograms to screen for breast cancer sparked an outcry from those who say that the federal government is more interested in saving money than in improving women's health. Some Republicans jumped on the report as the kind of government intervention in medical decisions that Obama's healthcare plan would bring, reports the Times.