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Dubious efficacy of health care reform

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While it might seem traditional, more respected news sources are replete with failings of the new health care law, one issue remains neglected there. Perhaps the truth it involves is yet more inconvenient than Al Gore ever imagined.
The purpose here is not only to address that issue, but to give others a means to address it with a stunning economy of words, a "headline" as it is known in this business. The new health care law suffers from the "dubious efficacy" of the greater portion of its requirements.
At least a few people will wonder what medical science can actually do that is worth the money people are being forced to pay. A rather large number of people continue to die from cancer every day in the United States. Yet that is not the only category of disease for which the actual efficacy of treatments remains in serious question.
The possible failure of the medical profession on other issues is also alarming. Why don't they speak out against marijuana when so many people know that the drug makes people stupid? Why don't they recognize homosexuality is a mental illness when so many people know that claims to "marriage" are proof homosexuals are mentally ill?
The definition of marriage is already in the news, the definition of science ought to be.
Apparently people whose hold on reality is so tenuous they believe tornadoes can assemble working automobiles from broken parts in junkyards have flooded the ranks of our "scientists." They apparently believe life might be assembled randomly even when a previously molten Earth had no "parts" to begin the process.
Reforms of education are in order. Kitzmiller versus Dover needs to be overturned. We can't keep telling those people they are better at "science." Their childlike faith in the efficacy of their treatments needs to be challenged.
If the shockingly high cost of health insurance people recently faced is not high enough to force them to reconsider the wonders they grudgingly accept, never mind, it will go higher till they no longer can accept them. There is no way to stop or slow it without addressing the real issue, the dubious efficacy of it all.
No one in these United States wants to live in a country that leaves people broken and bleeding in the streets. We never did that before and we don't want to start. No one went bankrupt being rescued from being broken and bleeding in the streets. The bankruptcies discussed lately aren't about emergency services, rather they are about prolonged treatments with dubious efficacy. Rather than solve that problem the poorly advised new law will likely force even more people into bankruptcy, including many who don't even want the services.
President Obama has spoken of restoring science to its rightful place. That rightful place is not with its boot heel on the throat of ordinary good sense. Many hope that is not where he meant even as it appears that is where it is going. What authority do we need to say that is not really science? How much will it take before we show them the art of skepticism as it ought to be practiced?



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