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Bad timing on mammogram recommendation

There may be good science behind a federal task force recommendation that women in their 40s don't need annual mammograms, but it was bad timing for the Obama administration. Coming in the midst of the heated debate about health care reform, the recommendation became instant fodder for those claiming that the government is going to ration health care and get between patients and their doctors. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius responded Wednesday that the task force does "not set federal policy and they don't determine what services are covered by the federal government." But that's unlikely to quell concerns.

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