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Atul Gawande asks Who you gonna trust?

This debate has become a test of whom we will trust. Are we going to trust the Republicans, with their predictions of dark disasters that will result from going along with a President they do not believe should be allowed even to speak to our schoolchildren? Atul Gawande, on Obama’s speech, via the New Yorker

Matt Taibbi tells us what he really thinks. Let’s start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world : via Rolling Stone, and well worth a read.

From my wanderings. We’ll start with the happy stuff Salmon return to Paris! (photo: Charles Bremner, deep in Paris) Mind Hacks tours some really old brains. Zuska speaks wisely of health care reform. The Guardian serves up some glass viruses (smallpox is pictured above). Neuroskeptic covers a paper that is both encouraging, in its finding…

Massive feature finished, should be in print this November … but more on that later. By way of returning to blogdom, a few of the few notables I’ve had time to read lately: Effect Measure, usually quite restrained about predictions, joins quite a few others in predicting the swine flu will hit us pretty hard…

In case you missed them (or miss them, and want to read again …) The (Illusory) Rise and Fall of the “Depression Gene” DIY circumcision with nail clippers Go figure. Oliver Sacks meets Jon Stewart Wheels come off psychiatric manual; APA blames road conditions Alarming climate change chart of the day Swine flu count in…

It’s been 26 years since health-care reform failed. Does the debate reflect anything that’s happened since? From The Columbia Journalism Review: “The idea that we’ve made a great breakthrough just isn’t so,” says Jonathan Oberlander, a health-policy expert at the University of North Carolina. “Most of the plans today are direct descendants of what was…

Opponents of a public health-insurance plan pose two main objections: that it will create an ‘unlevel playing field’ that will harm the private market for insurance (an odd objection, since that playing field already tilts quite sharply away from patients’ pockets and health and toward the wallets of the health-insurance industry); and that government involvement…

An article from the Standard ponders why, despite widespread recognition that the country needs health care reform, we may not get it. The relatively new field of behavioral economics–a blending of psychology and economics–helps makes sense of these clashing views. One major tenets of this sub-discipline is that people value a “loss” about twice as…

What’s been distracting me lately from the big story I really really need to finish writing … A splendid, rich fracas over Chris Anderson’s Free, set off particularly by a pan from Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker. The net fairly exploded — search, and ye shall find — with many noting that a pot…

Nate Silver makes George Will clear: Will’s argument is apparently this: The government does not need to make a profit and will have greater leverage with providers; therefore it will deliver the same service for less money. That’s unfair! Is this really the best argument that one of the most prominent intellectual conservatives can mount…