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“(Rep. Michele) Bach­mann’s vac­cine dem­a­goguery is an­other mat­ter. Af­ter the de­bate the Min­nesotan has been mak­ing the talk show rounds im­ply­ing that HPV vac­cines cause ‘men­tal re­tar­da­tion’ on the ba­sis of no ev­i­dence. This is the kind of know-nothingism that un­der­mines pub­lic sup­port for vac­ci­na­tion al­to­gether and leads to such pub­lic health mile­stones as Cal­i­for­nia reporting in 2010 the high­est num­ber of whoop­ing cough cases in 55 years. The GOP cri­tique of govern­ment in the age of Obama would be more cred­i­ble if the party’s can­di­dates did not equate try­ing to save lives with tyranny.”

—Wall street jour­nal “Worth re­it­er­at­ing is that health­care re­form has been de­signed to avoid the harsher op­tions, di­rect ra­tioning and strict lim­its on the spend­ing. It is a se­ri­ous and am­bi­tious at­tempt. It seeks to al­ter the struc­ture and even the cul­ture of medicine, work­ing along a nar­row and dif­fi­cult path, be­tween ris­ing, even­tu­ally ru­inous costs and a wish to pro­tect health­care as we know it. … All of this in­volves a se­vere test of our ca­pac­ity for a rea­soned dis­cus­sion. Ob­vi­ously, that seems a stretch at the mo­ment.”

— Colum­nist Michael Dou­glas in the Akron (Ohio) Bea­con jour­nal

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