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    Those of you who know how to read can read the actual story can recognize that they largely reported the same thing as this diary.  Yep, it's all in there

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

    by Mindful Nature on Thu May 02, 2013 at 05:56:13 PM PDT

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    •  only if you know what "statistically significant" (0+ / 0-)

      means, when used for a small sample size.

      The NPR article is  technically accurate, but misleading for most people.

      •  Small but not (0+ / 0-)

        Infinitesimal.  NPR reported it accurately.  If there is a large effect even a modest sample should detect it. Of course these measures are that sensitive and change slowly. However, "technically accurate" is accurate.  Changing the results to suit you political preferences is not accurate

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

        by Mindful Nature on Thu May 02, 2013 at 06:24:43 PM PDT

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        •  what's the comparison? the baseline result? (0+ / 0-)

          In other words, distinguishing "treatment vs non-treatment" and "Medicaid vs private insurance." The article conflates those two questions, making it appear that this result is specific to Medicaid, not to medicine as a whole.

          Two possible situations (exaggerated for clarity):

          1) Private insurance is massively effective, while Medicaid is insignificant.

          2) Neither private insurance nor Medicaid produce significant improvements on the measured outcome.

          Those are two very different and important results, but the article doesn't suggest #2 is even a possibility.

          In fact, the final section with the AEI hack spins the result as #1.

          So, yes, I'd say it's deceptive.

          •  actually (0+ / 0-)

            private insurance doesn't come into it.  It is only the need medicaid and get it, or need medicaid and get it.  

            so, it seems your objection is that the story quoted someone who is critical of medicaid?  

            Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

            by Mindful Nature on Thu May 02, 2013 at 07:06:46 PM PDT

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