Alt Med Proponents Trumpet Lobbying Success on Health Care Reform

October 5, 2009

Last week CFI released a report by Jean Mielczarek , Emeritus Professor of Physics at George Mason University, that exposed the push to include coverage for bogus alternative medicine therapies in the Senate's health care reform bill.  An amendment to the Senate HELP bill would guarantee taxpayer funding for non-evidence based treatments, such as "Therapeutic Touch," that have no grounding in experiment or in our understanding of basic scientific facts. CFI argued that the United States can ill afford to continue wasting precious resources on unproven - and often disproven - medical techniques.

Proponents of complimentary and alternative medicine, including the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), are crowing about their successful push to snag taxpayer dollars for treatments that are all too often unproven or disproven.  The IHPC is up front about its ultimate goal: nothing less than "a significant transformation of US medicine during the current iteration of US health reform planning."  The IHPC notes that although the steps taken so far "may seem small,"

there are undeniable signs showing up of the potential inclusion of integrative medicine, integrative practices and licensed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in federal health policy in the United States. Credit the persistence in relationship-building of such groups as the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and allies such as US Senator Bernie Sanders (Ind.-VT), Tom Harkin (D-IO) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for making it so.

So far the press seems to have paid very little attention to the alt med industry's successful subversion of health care reform.