CFI’s Office of Public Policy has issued a report warning of attempts by several legislators, including notorious proponent of CAM Tom Harkin, to insert language in health reform legislation that would prohibit “discrimination” against providers of therapies with no scientific plausibility or evidence. The report uses Therapeutic Touch as an example of the sort of nonsense that insurance companies and any public plan could be required to pay for, but there are others even worse. Do we really want public health care dollars spent on faith healing, homeopathy, and other manifest nonsense? As the report puts it:
The Center for Inquiry strongly urges that the government should spend no taxpayer dollars in support of any alleged medical treatments or healing protocols, such as Therapeutic Touch, that have no grounding in experiment or in our understanding of basic scientific fact. The United States faces an urgent challenge in attempting to make quality health care available to those who need it, while simultaneously reining in the ballooning cost of medical care. Every dollar of health care funding is needed to provide tested, proven medical treatment to those who require it. It is inexcusable to squander scarce resources by funding unsubstantiated, non-evidence-based medical techniques that have no basis in theory or experiment.
I urge everyone to contact your senators and representatives and ask them to oppose this inexcusable waste of our limited health care resources.