Reductions in spending and health testing under Obama Health Law will lead to missed diagnoses
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics
Former President George W. Bush
New information indicates that former President George W. Bush’s life may recently have been saved because of a diagnostic test that would likely have been prevented by the sort of limits Obamacare “quality measures” will impose.
According to an October 11th National Journal piece, “George Bush’s Close Call,” Tom DeFrank writes,
“Sources familiar with the former president’s medical situation told National Journal that a major blockage in a coronary artery discovered during Bush’s annual physical exam in August had almost completely shut off blood flow to one of his heart chambers. ‘He was more than 95% occluded,’ an authoritative source said. ‘With a blockage like that in a main artery you’re supposed to die. He was pretty lucky they caught it.’”
Yet before the 95% figure became public, the doctors who had ordered the test whose results sent Bush into urgent surgery were denounced for having done so.
For example, in an August 9th opinion written for the Washington Post titled, “President Bush’s unnecessary heart surgery,” Vinay Prasad and Adam Cifu lamented that George Bush received the heart health test.