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JAMA Forum: The Supreme Court Flunks Economics—and That’s Bad News for Patients and Physicians

By David Cutler, PhD

This week, we were treated to the spectacle of the US Supreme Court debating economics. They called it a discussion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it was more economic than legal. They spent an enormous amount of time on markets for health insurance and food (broccoli, to be specific); they spent little time analyzing precedent. Between the 9 justices and the 7 lawyers, there were 16 people who took part in the debate. As best as I can tell, not one of them had any training in economics.

As a professor of economics, I can say without hesitation that the Supreme Court failed its oral exam. For the sake of patients and physicians, I hope they do better on the final.

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One comment

  1. Nice

    Last paragraph … People with powerful positions in government sometimes wonder why they are held in such low esteem. Perhaps it would be better if they left the doctoring to doctors and economics to economists. Having untrained people messing in areas where knowledge is essential is not a formula for doing good.

    Amen brother!

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