Health Care Reform Hijacked: Senators Seek Coverage for Alternative “Medicine”
Posted by mattusmaximus on July 29, 2009
Sometimes I just want to bash my head into a wall… remember how recently the results of a massive federal study were published, showing conclusively that over the last decade $2.5 billion was spent studying so-called alternative medicine (i.e. quackery) with the punchline that NO cures were found?
You would think, given this huge mountain of evidence displaying the ineffectiveness of the alt-med sCAM woo, that some people in the government would reconsider funding such useless nonsense. Think again… alt-med true believer Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa – champion of the now infamous NCCAM woo-factory – has decided to move in exactly the opposite direction, by introducing legislation which would require health insurance companies to cover sCAM woo…
Naturopathic doctors, herbal healers, mind-body specialists, and acupuncturists often have been scorned by the US medical establishment, but growing numbers of Americans are seeking such care, and now an influential group of US senators believes the time has come to embrace an array of alternative therapies.
Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who is a longtime supporter of nontraditional medicine, is at the forefront of the effort to win insurance coverage for such providers as part of national healthcare legislation.
“It’s time to end the discrimination against alternative healthcare practices,’’ Harkin said at a congressional hearing.
Wow… here we go folks. This is what I like to call the “teach all views” version of medicine – just as creationists say we should “teach all views” of biological origins (even the non-scientific & religiously based ones such as Biblical literalism), the New Age alt-med crowd has pushed a similar pseudoscientific argument. And, sadly, they seem to have an influential political voice in Sen. Harkin right now.
If this amendment is successful, it will only serve to elevate the status of non-scientific modalities in the medical fields. Somebody needs to tell these Senators that the reason why modern medicine has been so successful over the course of the 20th century is precisely because it has been based on the scientific method. By watering down the authority of science-based medicine in this manner, Congress goes even further down a dangerous road of encouraging people to treat their (potentially serious) illnesses & conditions with the equivalent of voodoo. Not only that, but now we’re also going to flush even more billions of federal money down this rat hole?
Not if I have anything to say about it. It ends up that people are already mobilizing to encourage Sen. Harkin and his colleagues to strip this amendment out of any health care reform bill. Contact your Senators and encourage them to support science-based medicine and not to go along with Harkin’s amendment.