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From breast exams to the whole shebang

Like many others, I was heartened by the response to Komen pulling grants for mammograms from Planned Parenthood. And so it got me wondering. If we can agree that all women should have access to mammograms, what about access to pap smears? From there it’s not much of a jump to agreeing that everyone should have access to colonoscopies (even if no one really wants a colonoscopy).

Maybe it’s a bit of a bigger jump to note that everyone should then have access to cancer treatment, but otherwise what’s the point of a free screening?

And from all that, for the second time in a week, I can only conclude that universal health care might be the solution to some of these problems.

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02 2012

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  1. Mike #

    Unfortunately, I’m not sure the whole country yet agrees that women should have free access to mammograms, and that men should have free prostate exams. There’s a pretty vocal conservative libertarian minority that would yell and scream about such things. Sigh.

    That said, I a not-as-vocal majority does view this as a good thing. And while they might not be quite ready to make the leap to access to cancer treatment, and to universal health care, I think we’ll be there in a generation or less. Especially as employer health care gets crappier and offered to fewer people.

  2. Rebecca #

    My hope is that there are a lot of people who, despite their conservative/libertarian politics, found themselves taken aback by Komen’s actions.

    I do like your optimistic view that we’re slowly moving towards universal health care!