Medical Musings: We need calmer voices on healthcare reform


Healthcare is a growing public policy lightening rod because of increasing demands for healthcare for an aging population, the struggle between costs and quality of service, its role in partisan politics and the power of the medical lobby.

In one of the most dramatic manifestations, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments soon on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Barrack Obama in 2010.

In a more nuanced manifestation of the issue, the Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, issued results of a survey this week to support its position against any weakening of regulations covering medical device safety. A story on PR Newswire starts with this lead: "A new Consumer Reports poll shows overwhelming public support for strong medical device safety oversight."...
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