Best of the Web for Week 5 of 2009

  • tags: politics, economy, stimulus-package, liberalism

    • One has to keep a keen eye out for the components of the bill that don’t just steal your money, but that may actually do you great physical harm, if not kill you outright.
    • Section 9201 of the stimulus package establishes the "Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research."  This body, which would be made up of federal bureaucrats will "coordinate the conduct or support of comparative effectiveness and related health services research."

    • Once a panel of government experts decides what is and what is not cost-effective by their definition, the government will stop paying for treatments, medicines, therapies or devices that fall into the latter category.

    • Thus, if a handful of government employees deem a therapy not cost effective, no health insurance will cover it and it will become virtually unobtainable to patients at any cost.
    • If the feds step in and say, no, that new treatment is too expensive, it will never have the chance to become better, the supply will not increase and it won’t become more cost-effective.  It will just die on the shelf, and so will the patients who potentially could have benefited. 
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    • Washington, DC — NASA released a report this week confirming that the Phoenix, known simply as The Mars Lander by most, discovered the equivalent of a AMD Phenom II processor (a computer chip found in many Dell laptops) during its visit to Mars last year.

    • Physicist Dr. Smithy Peters, principal investigator and leader of the entire mission, explained, "I believe the correct combination of elements came together in a cosmic storm about 14.7 billion years ago. After the puddle died down, a perfectly formed processor was left, identical to an AMD Phenom II

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