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THE 7 MYTHS OF MASSIVELY INEFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM

The government’s full-court press on health reform, epitomized by the awesomely inapt and inept Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (AHCA) now wending its way through the House, is trying to petrify in amber many of the myths that dominate so much of our thinking about health care.  Here’s a brief look at some of the worst:

Myth # 1: Prevention and electronic medical records (EMR) will save money. Prevention is indeed a wonderful thing for extending people’s lives and allowing them to make more money, buy more stuff (including medical care), give more money to charity, and spend more time with their grandchildren. But it does not save any money on medical care! Here’s what the journal Health Affairs concluded earlier this year, “Over the four decades since cost-effectiveness analysis was first applied to health and medicine, hundreds of studies have shown that prevention usually adds to medical costs instead of reducing them. Medications for hypertension and elevated cholesterol, diet and exercise to prevent diabetes, and screening and early treatment for cancer all add more to medical costs than they save.” So forcing people to buy insurance that covers yet more preventive services (an oxymoron if you think about it) will drive premiums up not down.

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