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What Happened to the Prohibition on Rationing?

September 30, 2009

President Obama and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly pledged to the American public that health care reform will not lead to rationing of health care services.  However, sometime after the bill was originally unveiled, House Democrats removed the prohibition on rationing care from the duties of the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, a government board tasked with recommending the health benefits to which Americans will have access.  Should we trust what Democrats say? Or what they actually do?

You can see this legislative sleight of hand below, first in the text of a specific section of the bill as originally released and then as approved by three House Committees. 

Behold, the amazing disappearing prohibition against the rationing of health care services!

What changed in less than a month?

Answer: The prohibition against rationing care was eliminated.