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  •  I am totally confused ... (2+ / 0-)
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    emelyn, kefauver

    I encourage anyone who read this diary to click on the link and read the actual NPR piece.  I did, and I don't get what all the hysteria is about.  As best I can tell, this was "Phase 2" of a major study, now published in the NEJM (probably the most respected medical journal in the US), the positive Phase 1 results of which were widely reported (I very clearly recall hearing it discussed very favorably on NPR).  Phase 2 noted some qualifications on its original findings -- that for some metrics (blood pressure, cholesterol), the measured health outcomes didn't match the perceptions of patients.  And NPR is reporting those.

    So I'm not sure what's got the diarist so up in arms.  In what sense is this a "hatchet job?"  Who is a "corporate shill," and for what corporation(s)?  And what's all this stuff about the Koch brothers?  Did they fund the Harvard study?  NPR?  Even the AEI guy they quote in the piece sounds like a progressive -- his big complaint about Medicaid is that  "for people who really need to access a lot of specialty services ... in many cases you just can't get access to it in a timely fashion."

    Really, this diary reads like Matt Taibbi on steroids.  Much ado about nothing ... truly nothing.

    •  Hysteria? Yes, throw that word around and the (0+ / 0-)

      whole argument is dismissed.  Right?

      Where to begin?  Do a Google search: "New England Journal of Medicine, Retractions"

      A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform
      That's a good read.

      "Matt Taibbi on steroids."  That's a compliment.  Taibbi is probably one of the few honest journalists left in this country.

      The NPR report is clearly fallacious; a hatchet job.  I stand by my assertion.

      •  Yes, right ... (0+ / 0-)
        Hysteria? Yes, throw that word around and the whole argument is dismissed.  Right?
        Right. You clearly are hysterical.  I stand by my assertion.
        •  One nice thing I enjoy when I encounter this type (0+ / 0-)

          of nonsense specious arguments is that neither I nor my interlocutor can be the final arbitrators about the intellectual honesty, or lack thereof being exhibited in the debate.

          I do truly enjoy that.

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