the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

rational rationing

In healthcare on June 18, 2009 at 9:40 am

an excellent piece by david leonhardt in the times suggests that, like most issues in the larger health care reform movement, debate over the equitable distribution of scarce health care resources becomes a battle of words, not ideas. the result is something petty and counterproductive: “The choice isn’t between rationing and not rationing.” Leonhardt writes. “It’s between rationing well and rationing badly. Given that the United States devotes far more of its economy to health care than other rich countries, and gets worse results by many measures, it’s hard to argue that we are now rationing very rationally.”

in related news, bob dole and tom daschle save health care reform? seriously?

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