The Republican Case for Waste in Health Care

Source: Phillip Longman, Washington Monthly, Vol. 45 nos. 3/4, March/April 2013

Conservatives love to apply “cost-benefit analysis” to government programs—except in health care. In fact, working with drug companies and warning of “death panels,” they slipped language into Obamacare banning cost-effectiveness research. Here’s how that happened, and why it can’t stand.