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. John jr

    It seems as though everyone foprgets this is a panel appointed by Busgh and NOT Obama. its amazing how that gets swept under the carpet is'nt it???

    November 24, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Chris M.

    This illustrates the problem of letting Government expand more into Health Care. 70% of the women will want something so it will be added. 65% of women will push for abortion and it will be added. The COST will never be contained as soon as Government and politics get involved in a process. The Government does not even have the guts now to stop the 20% fraud in the current system and the treatment of illegals w/o checking their citizenship.

    November 24, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    Yes Bush was a horrible President. But Obama (whom I voted for) is turning out to be just as bad, but in very different ways. Obama is spending this country into further debt, with no positive benefits to show for any of his careless spendings. You can't have an economical recovery if we don't create jobs. Jobs is what stimulates the economy, not Cash for Clunkers, bailouts for Wall-street, and Cap & Trade proposals. Government run healthcare is exactly that, the government will determine what is best for patients and not the doctors. The government is trying to ration healthcare. There is nothing harmful about having too many mammograms. There can be something deadly by not having one frequent enough. Bottom line, is the insurance and government is trying to reign in costs by reducing the benefits. Same thing with the article about the man in the coma for 23 years while he was consious and awake. Government run healthcare is not good for any of us.

    November 24, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Chipster

    This panel was formed in 1984 during Ronald Reagan's term. Don't expect these guidelines to stand.

    As for those who are concerned about rationing of health care, insurance companies already do plenty of that. They dictate which doctors we can use, which facilities they will allow us to use, which medications they will allow and what procedures will be covered. If that isn't rationing, what is?

    They've gone up on the cost of this rationed care so much that many small businesses can no longer afford to offer health coverage.

    And lawmakers want to protected their exemption from antitrust laws! What's the point of antitrust laws if the worst violators are given exemptions?

    November 24, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Mike Syracuse, NY

    When will Obama apologist realize that 'blame Bush' has run out of steam? Even if Bush appointed this panel, the recommendations have been written into the DEMOCRATIC health care bill as the basis for what does and does not get covered. The Dems could have disavowed the study, but instead they wrote it into law. Time to BLAME OBAMA. Health care rationing is real, and this is the tip of the iceberg.

    November 24, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Dave

    While promoting health care insurance via the government (essentially, a tax increase), the government promotes "less health care" that kills people (women, whose health has been traditionally neglected). Women are smart consumers of health care (much smarter than us, men) and they will not fall for such recommendations. When they learn about other aspects of health care by the government, their traditional bias towards (seemingly compassionate) democrats will evaporate!!!!
    Democrats believe they are the only one supporting the right of women to take care of their body when it comes to abortion, well the right is true for early deadly cancer detection as well, and even more so! Join the pro-women-life group!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Ration mamograms and pay for abortions...both have the end result of people dying. Sounds like Palin was right about those death panels after all.

    November 24, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Obama "Death Panels" rejected by women.....

    this is the start of Obama's death panels....denying mammograms.....

    There will be more denials of coverage coming......time to stop Obamacare NOW.

    November 24, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    Get used to it people. This is a government-appointed panel. Can you spell "rationing"? It is truly hard to fathom how you Liberal idiots still defend the Democratic leadership supporting a government takeover of Healthcare! Blind sheep caught up in false promises and ideology. Pitiful.

    November 24, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Super MOD

    You people need to understand the facts. First start with reading the health care legislation. What this panel did was make a recommendation? It is only a recommendation now. The house healthcare bill gives this panel the authority to go being making
    recommendation to enacting policy. Since the bill gives the authority to dictate the language of private insurance company policies, this will affect everyone and not just government plans.

    November 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. rjt

    CNN headline news today reported a "bombshell" on this topic. They stated that the Task force panel that came up with reducing ammograms and pap smears is funded by Obama's health and human services and the senate health care bill states specifically that the task force recommendations for preventative health care measures would be included in the new health care....Obamacare is going to be paid for with the lives of women they feel are worth tossing away. FBO.

    November 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Bob

    The people here posting that this is from the Bush Administration, wake up. None of these results would be published without the blessing of the WH. What is so disgusting is instead of taking this news neutrally, it turns into a bash session against Bush and Obama. Can we just focus on the report and how to move forward from there? It would be nice if folks here with blood-lust on each side would just take a step back and help focus on solving the problem instead of constantly pointing fingers. Too much knee-jerk political hatred here.

    November 24, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    Only problem is that the recommendations WILL become the "standard". Especially with this administration trying to get rid of sick people. How about those "death panels"? You wanted him, you got him. Now deal with it!

    November 24, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Kyle

    And how many of these women were health care workers and actually UNDERSTAND why these recommendations from the USPSTF was instituted? 0%?

    November 24, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Ganker

    This study and the comments provided simply go to show that we deserve to go down the toilet as a nation. We elect complete idiots and expect results? Yes, I am referencing both Bush and Obama.

    November 24, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Eddie

    Ladies and seems that for most a "brick wall has to fall on you" to ever get it!....Obama and his Liberal cronies WILL control your health care decisions.....this is only a flash from what is to come when they take over health care!
    Vote them all out in 2010 and 2012!

    November 24, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm over 50, have a history of cancer in my family, and have smoked in the past. There are things like Afghanistan where the gov't has a final say, and then there's my health where I HAVE THE FINAL SAY. Here's a thought: do the research and do what's right for YOU. For all the talk about unwanted gov't involvement, we sure like to sit back and blame the gov't for not making the "right" decision for us. We're individuals, with individual circumstances, take responsibility for your health maintenance for crike's sakes, AND STOP FALLING FOR THE FEAR AND SMEAR!!!!

    November 24, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Wow, I guess that trial balloon for rationing fell to earth pretty hard, didn't it?

    November 24, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Cathy

    For those of you that think this is a good recommendation, let me tell you a short story. This past September 2009 something made me demand my 31 year old daughter get a mammogram. Her primary doctor refused to give a referal as he stated 31year old women do not get a mammogram. I had even agreed to pay whatever the clinic charged. After several visits with the primiary physican, he finally gave in. Now my 31 year old daughter had NO symptoms, no lump in her breast, in fact she had absolutely no reason to have a mammogram. End result, she had cancer in her right breast. She had a double mastectomy on October 9, 2009. Her cancer specialist told us had she waited a year she would have been in big trouble. Don't let anyone tell you NO when you want a mammogram.

    November 24, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Public health care should be rationed, and it should take the form that the GOP fears. It won't work otherwise.

    In fairness, the Feds should also repeal ERISA coverage of health plans. That alone will bring down the cost of private health insurance dramatically (and improve its quality) as insurers and employers won't be required to force the healthy to subsidize the porkers.

    November 24, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    This is the way medical guidelines are set. The goverment committess recommend. CMS creates the guidelines for reimbursement, whether to cover or be noncovered. Then PRIVATE insurance follows CMS guidelines. So, it usually starts with the goverment since they manage to "save money" with their policies. People must understand, insurance companies just follow CMS guidelines most of the time.

    November 24, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. cgillette369

    the start of rationing.
    it starts with the females.

    November 24, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Matt

    Obama care is already starting? Yikes.

    (My sister caught her cancer at 25. After chemo, radiation and hormone treatments, she is cancer-free)

    November 24, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Bedtime for Obonzo

    An independent panel publishes a recommendation that 3/4 of American women oppose, and some of you posters blame GEORGE BUSH? How long has it taken you all to create this strange universe you inhabit?

    November 24, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. jnywest

    Seioulsy, do you guys at CNN even listen to what John Sterwart and Lou Dobbs talked about last week?

    the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force was started in 1984, according to thier website. The issues of when or when not to get exams have nothing to do with the Obama Admin, and you know that yet your word the article in such a fashion.

    November 24, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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