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Herbal Products Association Weighs in on Healthcare Reform

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ANH-USA has modified the U.S. Senate healthcare bill to ensure that the Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) program includes integrative medicine practitioners on its board and advisory panel. The first inclusion of integrative medicine in any federal program, this will provide integrative medicine a voice in determining important areas of research, such as the role of dietary supplements in prevention and treatment. This small victory for all those who value integrative medicine was not lost on the president of the American Herbal Products Association, Michael McGuffin. “Support of alternative practitioners in the current Senate version of the healthcare reform legislation could bode well for the herbal and dietary supplement industry,” McGuffin said.
But there is also bad news. A Wall Street Journal editorial notes that “the MIT economist (Jonathan Gruber) has been among the foremost promoters of Obama Care — even as he had nearly $400,000 in consulting contracts with the Administration that weren’t disclosed in the many stories in which he was cited as an independent authority”. Another Wall Street Journal editorial mentions consumers’ concern that everyone “will have to buy essentially one standard product that Washington decides is best”.

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6 thoughts on “Herbal Products Association Weighs in on Healthcare Reform

  • Emily Dale

    With the healthcare industry and Big Pharma controlling Washington, to standardize (and greatly diminish the effectiveness of) vitamins and minerals, they are simply setting the stage for a black market of those products that millions of Americans reply on the maintain good health. It is quite obvious that these two goliaths would prefer to have all Americans ill from one disease or other so they both can get wealthier selling their band-aids, which are only a temporary panacea.
    Will the people wake up in time? Or are they so dumbed-down from the propaganda these two entities spew forth that they allow themselves to be guinea pigs and pay heavily for the privilege.

  • Maria Howard

    There is a clause in the health care bill (few people seem to be aware.) that creates a task force to develop national strategy and interventions to be carried out by the states. Such a task force can work behind closed doors and is not subject to the protections in The Federal Advisory Committee Act, Appendix 2 of title 5, United States Code.
    See : http://vactruth.com/2009/12/19/health-care-bill-creates-peek-a-boo-squads-to-enforce-in-home-vaccinations/
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/51115 – Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine Teams to Conduct ‘Interventions’ in Private Homes

  • It shouldn’t come as a surprise, since they seems to be trying to model after European programs. Supplements are not freely available in many countries.
    I think it’s a real shame that we have to fight so hard for our rights to stay healthy. I hope Michelle is bending hubby’s ear on this issue. What’s the old saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?

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  • Jana Hill

    I’m not dumbed down. The people I know are not dumbed down. No one is listening to us. Maybe if we paid them as much as the medical industry does they’d consider us. Yes te just voted themselves more salary, but that’s change to them.
    This is not an issue of who is right about health matters. It is about who decides. Hey, WE decide!!!

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