How the Affordable Care Act Wastes Billions and Harms Tens of Thousands of Women Each Year

By Dr. Mercola On January 10, 2017, the Huffington Post reported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as “Obamacare,” has helped many poor women get mammograms, as it eliminates out-of-pocket costs for certain cancer screening procedures.1 Among female Medicare patients over the age of 70 who were due for a mammogram, screening rates increased by 2 percent after the implementation of the ACA, from 5 to 7 percent each month. Screening rates also rose among other age groups, and the rate differences between the wealthiest and the poorest shrunk after the ACA went into effect. According to the featured article, if the ACA were to be repealed, fewer women would get screened for breast cancer. The question is, would that actually be a bad thing? Conventional wisdom states cancer screening is the best “prevention,” as catching cancer early increases your chances of successful treatment. However, studies have repeatedly negated the idea that mammograms lower death rates, noting


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