Author Affiliations: Georgetown/Johns Hopkins University Program in Law and Public Health, Washington, DC (Dr Bloche); University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor (Mr Jacobson).
In American politics, health care rationing remains unmentionable, except
as an epithet for attacking opponents' medical cost control schemes. In 1994,
Republicans and the insurance industry condemned President Clinton's health
care reform plan as mandatory rationing.1,2
A few years later, Democrats returned the favor, rolling out the "R-word"
to characterize congressional Republicans' efforts to coax Medicare beneficiaries
into managed care.3
Bloche MG, Jacobson PD. The Supreme Court and Bedside Rationing. JAMA. 2000;284(21):2776-2779. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2776