Bush should veto newborn screening law

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We’re all supposed to be ecstatic that the federal government, which is bankrupt, will now be printing new money to pay for “universal newborn screening.”

First, there is no constitutional authority to do so.

Second, the feds are broke.

Third, if the feds pay for it, all the testing labs will jack up their prices and laugh all the way to the bank. Surely, they lobbied for this bill.

Fourth, this will raise the costs of health care, thus reducing its availability.

This law from what I can tell does not mandate such testing. If it did, this would be truly horrendous. Federally-compulsory medical procedures? There’s no end to that nightmare.

But we can assume that this apparent funding bill will gradually morph into compulsion.

8:23 am on April 9, 2008