Here's a good article about how government denies medical care through central planning. The article specifically discusses "certificates of need (CON's)"http://reason.com/archives/2012/09/26/denial-of-medical-choi...CON's are basically a method that many states use to restrict the supply of health care. A CON is a permit that must be acquired from the state before a new health care facility is built, a healthcare facility is expanded, a new lab is built or new imaging machines (CT's and MRI's for instance) are bought. The idea is that the state can control health care costs by limiting the supply of health care facilities.Of course, it's plainly obvious to any economist that limiting supply through central planning has the perverse result of inappropriately limiting supply and driving up the price. The decisions are predictably often driven by politics rather than the best interests of patients(I personally know of one example where this occurred). Even in the best case, the policy causes huge delays and adds significant costs. Sometimes, an application can be delayed for months if one signature is missing.CON's are a microcosm of what is likely to occur on a larger scale through Obamacare. The Independent Payment Advisory Board ("death panel") appears to be the main tool that will be used. But I suspect there are other ways the two thousand page law will deny care. dave
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