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Commentary
December 6, 2000

The Supreme Court and Bedside Rationing

Author Affiliations

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).

JAMA. 2000;284(21):2776-2779. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2776

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

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