Word Games as a Mask for Compulsory Healthcare Equality

by Mario Rizzo  

The recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke approval of the drug Avastin for late stage breast cancer is an action with considerable significance for the future of government financed or subsidized healthcare. The FDA pretends to do a risk-benefit analysis and comes to the conclusion that the benefits are not worth the risks.  But since we are dealing with likely terminal cases “risks” must be interpreted with a grain of salt. But, fundamentally, people should be able to strike their own risk-benefit tradeoff, especially in consultation with physicians and due attention to the specifics of their own case.  Continue reading