Merrill Goozner

The Real Tragedy of the Super-Committee
November 17, 2011

Will it be a tragedy if the Super Committee fails to agree on a proposal by next week’s deadline? Yes, but not for the reasons that you’ve heard. The conventional story is that the committee’s failure to come up with an agreement will have catastrophic effects, sending a signal that the country is not serious about reducing the deficit and, as a result, spooking investors and chilling the economy. As my colleague Tim Noah keeps pointing out, that seems highly unlikely.

Gingrich Brings Death Panels Back to Life
October 12, 2011

Newt Gingrich on Tuesday night brought “death panels” back to life, arguing that critics had unfairly maligned Sarah Palin (among others) for suggesting the panels were part of the Affordable Care Act. As proof, he cited some medical news from last week: The finding, by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, that routine testing of prostate cancer in older men is a bad idea. Since the federal government will use that recommendation as one basis for determining what benefits all insurers must cover, once the Affordable Care Act is in place, Gingrich said the most recent U.S.

A Fight Worth Having, Maybe Not Here and Now
December 01, 2009

Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. Today’s debate over the Mikulski Amendment will not quell the misguided debate over mammography occasioned by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recent recommendations. There is just too much incentive to pile on.

Daily Treatment, Giving Thanks Edition
November 25, 2009

Readers may have noticed that the "Daily Treatment" isn't really daily. Instead, it's daily when I have time to write it, which isn't as often as I would like. And that's unfortunate. It means I don't get to chance to highlight many worthy articles--or, more important, to thank, implicitly, the writers and thinkers whose work influences me.