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Would you use an at-home genetic testing kit that offers health and ancestry reports?

Response Percent Votes
44% 246
41% 231
Not sure
13% 74
Total 551


BigPrune 8 years ago

Only if it could be used by the government insurance death panels to preclude me from potential future care when I'm old and some predetermined disease pops up. It is the Obama way to weed out the weaklings and save social security from going bankrupt. If I'm dead, I can't collect.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

2nd post and we're already blaming Obama for something Walgreens is doing. Win for the week.

geekyhost 8 years ago

I agree. Death panels are really something the private sector can do much more efficiently.

BigPrune 8 years ago

The panel already exists.... H.R. 1 (more commonly known as the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, even more commonly known as the Stimulus Bill and aptly dubbed the Porkulus Bill) contains a whopping $1.1 billion to fund the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Council is the brain child of former Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Tom Daschle. Before the Porkulus Bill passed, Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant governor of New York, wrote in detail about the Council's purpose.

Daschle's stated purpose (and therefore President Obama's purpose) for creating the Council is to empower an unelected bureaucracy to make the hard decisions about health care rationing that elected politicians are politically unable to make. The end result is to slow costly medical advancement and consumption. Daschle argues that Americans ought to be more like Europeans who passively accept "hopeless diagnoses."

McCaughey goes on to explain:

Daschle says health-care reform "will not be pain free." Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.

Who is on the Council? One of its most prominent members is none other than Ezekiel Emanuel. Dr. Emanuel's views on care of the elderly should frighten anyone who is or ever plans on being old. He explains the logic behind his discriminatory views on elderly care as follows:

Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years.

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

My ancestors tended to move around a lot & change their names every few years. Best to let sleeping dogs lie.

somedude20 8 years ago

I use to go to a place that paid me for my DNA not the otherway around. Gadzooks!

Janet Lowther 8 years ago

I'm holding out for a full-genome scan.

Don Whiteley 8 years ago

From the reports I've seen on this testing, it has just slightly better reliability than getting your palm read.

denak 8 years ago

DV is right. From what I understand, at home paternity tests are not admissible in court because they are inaccurate. And even if the test comes back that the probability is that you are not the father compared to a random man in the population, if your name is on the birth certificate, guess what, you are the legal father and you still have a legal obligation to said child. Unless of course, you are some bozo who goes off the deep end and decides to teach that cheating "witch" a lesson and kills the child and/or her.

As for genetic testing for serious diseases, it should be left to the doctor. Can you imagine the panic and anxiety someone will fill if they took a test and got a false positive on a fatal disease? At least with a doctor if a certain test comes back positive, they will run it again just to make sure before giving someone the news.


denak 8 years ago


Apparently, Walgreens isn't going to start selling these kits.

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