by Patrick Appel
The advocates of ObamaCare insist that medical decisions will remain between doctors and patients and not involve mandates from government. However, the same people also cheer the idea of government “coaching” doctors to adopt practices, and to back up those choices with pressure from payment schedules, which will result in de facto diktats, especially when it evolves into a single-payer system. If they succeed, expect to see a campaign to push new parents into circumcising their male children in the name of AIDS prevention even though the risks are manageable and the effect less than certain.
Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision or all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.
The CDC is thinking of promoting circumcision, not requiring it. Whether or not you agree with the procedure, this controversy has nothing to do with health care reform. If single-payer leads to more circumcision, then how come America has among the highest rates of circumcised men in the world, much higher than most if not all countries with socialized medicine?