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“The U.S. Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force … re­cently rec­om­mended against rou­tine screen­ing of healthy men for prostate can­cer, on two grounds: The test doesn’t save lives, on bal­ance, and the treat­ments are usu­ally worse than the dis­ease. … There are lessons in the task force re­port, both for in­di­vid­u­als and for in­sti­tu­tions that pay for screen­ing of this sort. But chances are, those lessons will be ig­nored. In the Amer­i­can health­care sys­tem, the pres­sures to do some­thing, use­ful or not, are more pow­er­ful than the pres­sures to do noth­ing.”

ChicagoTri­bune “I can­not help the fed­eral judges strug­gling to fig­ure out whether the in­di­vid­ual in­sur­ance man­date...vi­o­lates the in­ter­state com­merce clause of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. But as a tax­payer (and for­merly a pro­fes­sor of pub­lic pol­icy), it’s hard for me to un­der­stand what all the fuss is about. … There is noth­ing novel or co­er­cive about link­ing taxes to the pur­chase of spe­cific types of goods or ser­vices. As any tax­payer prob­a­bly knows, there are many tax pro­vi­sions that raise or lower your tax bill de­pend­ing on what you have bought and what you have elected not to buy.”


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