Thanks to Brad Flansbaum for pointing me to Peter Orszag’s blog on Atul Gawande’s article (the subject of my previous post) on McAllen, Texas’s staggering healthcare costs. I’m not sure what’s more astonishing: the fact that Orszag read the Gawande New Yorker piece, the fact that he followed up on it with data analysis worthy of a JAMA paper, or the fact that he blogged about it openly and honestly, with no bureaucratic double-talk (yes, on www.whitehouse.gov!), even as he’s busy trying to save the universe.
In any case, read Orszag’s blog. It is awesome.
Only God knows if the Obama Administration will succeed in fixing our healthcare mess, but what a comfort knowing that there are highly competent people in charge of trying to get it done.