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Daniel S. Goldberg

Fair enough -- and I certainly did not mean to imply "Duh!"

I have trouble taking the idea that we should actively not try to acquire better data very seriously (which is NOT to deny that people do in fact hold these views. I do not know if they do. But if they do, I have trouble granting them any credibility).

Bill Gardner

I'm sure that conservatives who are familiar with the law of large numbers believe in it. But the 'argument' I see most often is something like
1. Rationing is murder.
2. Comparative effectiveness research is weapons research on behalf of rationing.
3. Don't do CER.
So, yes, some Republican leaders argue against CER, and some of their policy intellectuals try to rationalize this. NOT Scott Gottlieb,btw, in anything I have seen.

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