At the risk of becoming mired in the past, we are inclined to glance backward now and then to see where we’ve been and ask what the past says about where we’re going. So let’s examine July 30, 1965, the date President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law.
The July 20 hearing at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressing the Myriad case did not last a terribly long time, but there were a few object lessons to take away. We last visited this situation shortly after the Supreme Court decision in Prometheus v Mayo, when I opined that there might not be much reason to hit the panic button, and I have to say I didn’t hear much on July 20 to change my mind.
An acquaintance of mine who, like me, has inflammatory bowel disease, received a call recently from her local hospital informing her they had lost her MRI images. They found them, but she is concerned they will have to retake them anyway because at this point her images are no longer current enough for the doctor to make an informed treatment decision.
Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), do not discriminate between age, race, gender, economic status, or geographic borders. It is truly an equal-opportunity disease!