November 24th, 2009
02:37 PM ET
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Women sharply disagree with mammogram recommendation

Three-quarters of American women between the ages of 35 and 75 disagree with the relaxed medical recommendations for mammograms announced last week.
Three-quarters of American women between the ages of 35 and 75 disagree with the relaxed medical recommendations for mammograms announced last week.

(CNN) - Three-quarters of American women between the ages of 35 and 75 disagree with the relaxed medical recommendations for mammograms announced by a government panel last week, according to a new Gallup/USA Today poll.

The survey released Tuesday finds 47 percent of women "strongly disagree" and another 29 percent "disagree" with the recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force last week that women in their 40s should no longer get routine breast cancer exams, and that the interval for women getting a mammogram in their 50s should be every two years, rather than every year.

Only 22 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the proposals.

In what could be bad news for the White House and congressional Democrats as they attempt to calm fears an overhaul of the nation's health care system would result in rationing, 76 percent of those polled believe the panel's recommendations were motivated by cost savings rather than an actual assessment of the true risks involved.

The White House has distanced itself from the panel's recommendation amid the uproar it sparked last week.

The report "shouldn't be dismissed," Sebelius said told CNN last week." But, she added, "There are other groups who have disagreed with this information." The task force is "making recommendations, not coverage decisions, not payment decisions."

The poll surveyed 1,136 women, aged 35-75, between November 20-22 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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  1. Rico

    I really doubt the intentions and the timing of this recommendations from this so called goverment panel. Sounds to me like someone in that group is trying to undermine the success of the Health Care bill by the Democrats and give the Republicans something to talk about.

    November 24, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    "I don't regret voting for Obama, but he should know that Michelle and his daughters are just as suseptable to this as any ones else."

    Right – but Michelle and HIS daughters will never have to worry about not getting a mammogram, now will they? Believe me, he doesn't care about Jane Q. Citizen.

    November 24, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Well, all of you mindless, gullible Obama voters wanted change. Well YOU GOT IT! You wanted so-called "free healthcare." Well YOU GOT IT! This is only the beginning. Once this SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE makes it through the democrat congress and gets signed into law, they'll probably bump the insured mammogram age up to 55, or maybe even 60. Forget about knee and hip replacements. (Here's your cane.) You say you need a heart by-pass? Well get in line. It'll be three years or so. Looks like the FEEL-GOOD-DON'T-SWEAT-THE-DETAILS ELECTION of 2008 is having some pretty dire consequences.

    November 24, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Ilene

    Here's how I see this. I find it very suspicious that the findings for mammograms and pap exams comes out right in the middle of the health care debate. I'd follow the money to see who these people really are. These recommendations seem to be made to scare women into thinking this is what a public option would be like. Last week in another news source there was a headline that said something like insurance companies will continue to pay for screenings - making them out to be some sort of hero. This is all very suspicious considering it is usually the woman in the family that makes the decison on what insurance to pick, etc. So scare the woman into thinking the public option is bad. Shame on whoever is behind this. Don't fall for these schemes.

    November 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Dan Holiday

    This is awesome. I can't wait to see all the liberal posters here lambaste women as being dumb and out of touch because they don't agree with what the administration and Congress is telling them. I wonder how that will come off. I can see it now..."You women are just plain stupid. You are fear monger and haters. From now on you will be known as the gender of NO. If you can't see that this administration is trying to look out for you and your health, then you must be racist. Go back to you cooking and cleaning stupid Barbie wannabes."...lol.

    November 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Andy

    How do you save money in Obamacare....fail to provide services and drive the cost out of the program to the individual. Mandatory to have health insurance which does not pay for squat. Great plan...I think not.

    November 24, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. healthcare for america

    It seems as if this was done in order to ease the pay and financial burden on the insurance and Pharma liability for NEW HEALTHCARE. Funny how when it ws profitable it was recommended every year, now all of a sudden its not??? The chickens are coming hime to roost. NO HEALTHCARE, POOR HEALTHCARE REFORM will unleashed a wave of REVOLUTION ON AMERICA and that might be a Good thing for the DEMOCRATS people need to GET ANGRY, GET PUMPED UP so OBAMA and the Democrats have Political coverage to PUSH THROUGH REAL CHANGE!

    November 24, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Danny

    We will see both, the Dems and Repubs slump in the polls and no matter what the issue. It is plain to see that the people of America are becoming more and more disgusted with all those in government. It seems that government just can't get anything right, even when the subject is a no brainer.

    November 24, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    This mammagraphy story is scaring people because people are too ignorant to understand it.

    This report says that you should go talk to your doctor and decide together whether you should have a mammogram at age 40 to 50. If you decide not to do that, you are not being stupid. If you decide to do it, you are not being stupid. But they report, you decide.

    I don't know why Americans are so lazy and ignorant. Politicians always tell the truth don't they? They always say how smart the American people are.

    November 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. SLM

    Welcome to your future under Obama care........ration and eliminate life saving tests.

    November 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. unbelievable

    I will have mammogram every year no matter what Obama Health Care recommendations are. I've been a Democratic party supporter for many years. Now I wake up. I have been very disappointed at those so called 'changes' that will increase bureaucracies, corruption, and cost. Big government will be a failure.

    November 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. John

    When the controversy several years ago was the risk of causing breast cancer from repeated radiation exposure there was no economic issue. Now this panel has more data and the statistics say what many physicans said before to many to early is not worth the risk to the patient. We face the same delima with MRI. They are over used and ordered many times before the physican ever sees the patient. As one wise physican said "would you have the engine in your car rebuilt before a mechanic looks at it?" Patients can die from the contrast used for MRIs.

    November 24, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. pt

    First comes the stated intent/purpose, then the action. The rationing is already happening. Now that he shock is over, they can begin to filter it into the system(s).

    November 24, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    This is exactly how the Dems intend to gain "cost reductions". It is simply a matter of denying services, where services are needed.

    Any idiot can get cost savings, that way, at the expense of people, of course.

    November 24, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. PacificView

    Here is a case of the media taking one set of polling data and carrying forward a story about a supposed controversy related to the health care plan. How was that leap made? Bad journalism if you ask me.

    November 24, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. benvictor

    This is significant but only one part of the democrats' demise. Sarah Palin is on tour and setting the record straight. While we were once Hillary democrats, we voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin. We will definitely support Sarah as we did Bob McConnel, new Governor of Virginia. Beyond this, the economy is in free fall. FDIC is reporting that "problem banks" are at the highest rate in 16 years; this comes after many bank failures already and bailing out the big banks. Many, many Americans have mortgages that are higher than the value of their homes. And, jobs continue to be lost as seen in significantly growing unemployment claims. Yes, the democrats blew it big time.

    November 24, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. rachel

    It's kind of sad my aunt who is 36 had some tenderness in her breast and had mamogram, guess what cancer. There is no history of breast cancer in my family. So I guess she should have waited about 14 more years oh wait she probably would have been dead.

    November 24, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Tim

    Welcome to the liberal Democratic death squads.

    This is the change you voted for.

    November 24, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Tim

    When healthcare passes, procedures that go against the regulations of the death panels will not be covered by insurance.

    So if you are happy with your current insurance, too bad.

    November 24, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. db

    Kathleen Sibelius either lied about the task force's connection to Health Care Reform legislation or she was honestly unaware of it. Either way this doesn't inspire confidence. Be very afraid.

    November 24, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Mark Harpster

    As usual, much ado about nothing. If you want a mammogram, get one. If you want to wait until you're 50, then wait. Life is a crap shoot and the only thing you can do is get on with it. Nobody knows what the correct decision is on the matter and it depends on the individual's health, the genes they inherit and innumerable factors affecting their ability to deal with cancers as they arise. Sort of reminds me of the H1N1 hysteria. What does this story have to do with the Democrats anyway? However, I'm sure that if S. Palin comes out in favor of early testing for mammograms, her ratings will increase. I regret saying this, but most of us should try to understand why we're such idiots, and quit worrying about such nonsense.

    November 24, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Seriously, Left

    Welcome to a glimpse of what will happen if this health care bill passes. Cmon people, spell it with me....R-A-T-I-O-N-I-N-G.

    November 24, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. ed

    Comments by liberals on the health care issue clearly demonstrate that out public school systems have pitifully failed. Of course Obama separated himself from the recommendations as soon as he saw the public's reaction. But, of course, he and the liberal media can still try to fall back on the tried and true 'blame it on Bush'.

    November 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Tom Bachman

    When the "Science Czar" believes in genocide...John Holdren.....why is anyone surprised??

    November 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. C Spurgeon

    I don't have a lot of faith in mammograms as I have had 9 false readings all of which turned out to be false for which I am grateful. Biopsies were recommended and instead I went for a different look through ultra sound and it was determined to be false. Surely they can come up with better technology to solve everyones concern and still save on addl tests, biopsies and or surgery. I hope so anyway....

    November 24, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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