Opinion: Congress should not compel Medicare to pay for liquid biopsies

When the two Republican senators from Mississippi cosponsor legislation with the two Democratic senators from California, something intriguing must be going on. In fact, there appears to be an outbreak of bipartisanship: 20 Republicans, 25 Democrats, and one Independent in the Senate are cosponsors, along with a bipartisan majority of 99 Republicans and 134 Democrats in the House.

What do these Republicans and Democrats agree on? That Medicare should be compelled to pay for liquid biopsies, which test for multiple cancers using a single vial of blood, even though no one is sure whether they work or not.

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