Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Beating a dead horse

Not to belabor yesterday's rant about the stupidity of McTardle, but there is some gold in the follow-up comments from her site.

After several commenters note the fundamental flaws in her argument (note to bloggers: it's always a good sign when the first five comments are all pointing out factual errors in your post) McTardle cites a particular CBO report to justify her argument that Medicare/Medicaid make costs increase faster than private insurance. Quote from page 16 of said report, after an explanation of the data and methodology:
Consequently, the differences in excess cost growth between Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care spending should not be interpreted as meaning that Medicare or Medicaid is less able to control spending than private insurers.
But it's much more convincing if you ignore that part and cherry pick something that supports your recycled faux-libertarian bullshit talking points argument!

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