Albert Davis, MD
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Davis A.; Comments on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Clinical Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154:140. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-154-2-201101180-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(2):140.
TO THE EDITOR:
Kocher and colleagues' article (1) is an opinion piece that borders on pure propaganda of the most extreme type.
For virtually every statement in the article and its accompanying figure, there is an equally true yet almost polar-opposite interpretation, and the authors clearly sought to exclude those points of view. The extent of their bias is so extreme that it is embarrassing to see this piece published in what purports to be a significant scientific and medical journal.
The combination of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Affordable Care Act does attempt to address many issues that could benefit the health care of Americans. The method of implementation, however, will undoubtedly cause far more harm than good and will do so with higher, not lower, costs.
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