On healthcare, lobbyists flex muscle

Boston Globe, June 1, 2010

A $3 million campaign by doctors, scanner operators, manufacturers, and groups devoted to women's health helped persuade lawmakers to overrule Medicare administrators this year and restore much of the reimbursement for osteoporosis tests. In a provision buried deep in the new healthcare bill, Congress decreed that Medicare shall pay $97 for each test, instead of $50. It was an instance of a narrowly tailored, special-interest political victory in a law trumpeted by President Obama and Democrats as putting America on a path to a more rational healthcare system, where decisions are made on medical evidence and patient outcomes, the Boston Globe reports.


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