WHEN SMART ECONOMISTS SAY STUPID THINGS

David Henderson points out an exceptionally foolish assertion from “The Economic Case for Health Reform,” produced by Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. Here’s the CEA money quote:

In medicine, however, technological progress in recent decades has been almost exclusively cost-increasing, without generating a commensurate increase in value.

Henderson is scrupulously polite in his response to this BS, calling the statement “breathtaking.” It is indeed.  But I prefer the less diplomatic response of commenter, “Dr. T.”

Apparently, modern “demand” pacemakers aren’t better than the old ones that had just one pace, laparoscopic surgery through small incisions is no better than opening bellies or chests, transplanted organs are no better than slow deaths from organ failures, costly chemotherapy with 90% cure rates is no better than chemotherapies with 40% cure rates, smashing kidney stones with ultrasound is no better than doing open surgery, replacing wrecked hips with artificial ones is no better than leaving patients wheelchair-bound, etc.

That pretty much disposes of the ”progressive” party line on new medical technology. Not that lucid reasoning or critical thinking really matters in the health care reform debate.

Neither the President nor his congressional accomplices have any real interest in reform, or even health care. What they want is a self-perpetuating vote-buying machine.

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