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Joe Biden promotes free colonoscopies to seniors in Florida

Joe Biden promotes free colonoscopies to seniors in Florida

September 28, 2012 | 3:10 pm

In Florida this afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden reminded supporters that thanks to President Obama, they could now get colonoscopies without a co-pay.

“Everyone knows, everyone in this room knows that President Obama has increased the benefits available to people on Medicare by the action he took,” Biden said. “You are now able to go get a wellness exam, and guys, if you conclude you need a colonoscopy because of the feeling you had or you need a breast health examination, you don’t have to pay a co-pay for that.”

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Reminds me of the old joke...

They are the perfect couple; he's a proctologist and she is a pain in the...

Good one Bob


They take a scope up the A$$$

but you get screwed. ha ha. Free colonoscopy?? Somebody would have to pay me to get one of those.
How about some free aresenic or cyanide capsules? How many would line up for that?

Jefferson's picture


goes to show that Americans don't care who's "screwing" them, as long as they leave some money on the nightstand.

I don't need another colonoscopy!

I just came from the airport!

SteveMT's picture

The Truth About Obama’s Free Colonoscopies

If any pathology is found, the billing code changes and so does this "free" procedure. The person now gets to pay to bill.

The Truth About O’s Free Colonoscopies by Kithy
Posted on July 3, 2012 by americantopicsonline.com

Here’s how it works: I schedule a screening test, because that is what is covered. Here’s the catch. If the doctor finds something, it is no longer a screening, and I am stuck with the entire bill. Wow, what a bargain.


SteveMT's picture

When you hear the word 'free' be careful. Nothing is free.

Some gastroenterologists forego the colonoscopy--and any other form of colorectal cancer screening, such as the fecal occult blood test, sigmoidoscopy or barium enema--in older individuals.

Louise C. Walker and colleagues noted the Veterans Health Administration, the American Cancer Society and the American Geriatrics Society recommend colorectal cancer screening for older adults unless they meet one or both of two factors: They are unlikely to live 5 more years or have other significant diseases that would preclude treatment if found to have colon cancer.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/139889-colonoscopy-risks-e...

Bend over and touch your toes!

The government employed rectal inspector is making his rounds.

Sounds about right.

They are already free.

They are covered at 100% under "preventive" care already under Medicare. Find me one senior today who has not just turned 65 and their doctor has invited them to undergo this procedure. Too late Joe....it's already covered.


Not uncommon to hear a democrat

taking pleasure with sticking it up someones AdoubleS. Hell they've bent the whole country over.

Hair for me!

Goddamn it I'm bald not incontinent! And I already have a cell phone. Buy me hair plugs!


Different orifice, scdecade.

Truly talking out of his ass

to offer people the most invasive and unnecessary procedures as things to look forward to...

...and I'm not just talking out of my ass here, either. Lower GIs/colonoscopies, and breast exams btw, are some of the least necessary procedures there are out there. There are plenty of ways to get the same diagnostic results without these invasive and unnecessary procedures - forgive me it's been about 11 years since I worked in the medical field directly but the memories ring loudly for me.

9-11 was a panda job.

reedr3v's picture

Typical heavy-handed, wrong-headed government

medical preference$$$.

No, it is going to be paid

No, it is going to be paid for. But, there are going to be, much more, stringent requirements to get one. It was proven, long ago, in the early eighties, that it is not cost effective to run screening colonoscopies on everyone. Sigmoidoscopies, maybe. But, there are too few family Practice doctors trained to do them. There simply is going to be a backlog for all of these procedures, aggravated by the long evaluation periods to determine if "your" colonoscopy is "indicated". Although, the gastroenterologists would love it.

As a general surgeon,who performed all endoscopies at my small hospital, I experienced the politics in specialist like cardiologists, trying to prevent us from putting in pacemakers, or gastroenterologists preventing us from using "their" scopes, or urologists getting mad because I would not force a patient to drive forty miles, each way, to get a bladder inspection! General surgeons did rotations on cardiac surgery, pulmonology, and urology, just to learn the simple techniques. We were trained by experienced surgeons, how to perform endoscopies. Thing is, politics, like this, will get you run out of the hospital if you are stealing from the regional hospital that has a voting member on the small hospital's administrative board! Even medicine has it crooked politics. It's just that no one ever hears about it, other than another local doctor being screwed over by the local hospital or their friends on the state medical boards! It has so little to do with patient care and satisfaction, and so much more to do with medical politics. Glad I don't swim with those sharks any more!

And, as Virginian points out, they are not risk free! People can die after colonoscopies!

Michael G. Langley, BA, MS, MD

Past board certified by the American board of Surgery and Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management

Like Bush Sr...Tell Biden, before colonoscopies.....to

Eat your broccoli first.

Do they have to use...

...their free phone to make an appointment? ;-)

To prevent 1 cancer death, 5 must must suffer unneeded risk.

Colonoscopy is relatively risky, with 5 in 1000 patients facing serious complications.[32] To prevent one cancer death, 1,250 colonoscopies need to be performed, but perforation of the colon occurs at a rate of about 1 in 1000 procedures.

Hey Joe. Stick up your own azz.

Free includes debt-free!

Dont worry, we will have the

Dont worry, we will have the best TSA agents available to shove this camera up your ass to check not only your health, but to make sure you are terrorist free as well! hahaha

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.


That would be laughable, if it was not so close to being true! Get rid of the TSA. And, let the private airlines fund and run their own security.