Wednesday, July 11, 2012

KevinMD Post: How Will ObamaCare Affect Prostate Cancer Screening?

The widely-read medical commentary website has just reposted my OpEd, "How will ObamaCare affect prostate cancer screening?"

(It originally appeared at under the title, "Is President Obama's Prostate Gland More Important Than Yours?")

My theme is that you should enjoy the same freedom to make medical decisions as President Obama.

Or a snarkier version of the theme: "Medical freedom for me, but not for thee."

Here is the opening:

When President Obama turned 50 last year, he made an "informed patient request" for a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test. This is the blood test routinely used to screen men over 50 for possible prostate cancer. The President received his PSA test. But under ObamaCare, you may not be able to.
Now that ObamaCare has been upheld by the Supreme Court, all of its major provisions will be in force, not just the controversial “individual mandate.” This includes government medical practice guidelines that will affect millions of Americans...
(Read the full text of "How will ObamaCare affect prostate cancer screening?" at

Thank you, Dr. Kevin Pho, for reposting this piece. And thank you, Forbes, for allowing republication!