As is mentioned in our blog description (unless it has fallen into another soft-ware black hole, as it does periodically), a major manifestation of the current health care system dysfunction are attacks on free speech and academic freedom in the health care context. The covering up of unfavorable data on selective serotonin uptake inhibitor (SSRI) anti-depressants was only the latest example of this.
In trying to preserve the rights of researchers to present their findings, teachers to teach, and clinicians to talk to their patients, and expose quality problems, we can use all the help we can get. But we haven't gotten much help. That's why this story is so relevant.
Where did my title come from? The name given to dissident board members like the Vice President by other board members, "whistle punks."
No wonder the ACLU has not been of much help on the free speech in health care front.
One foot out the door, Medicare chief launches Twitter barrage to defend the ACA - Andy Slavitt, head of the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, has launched a barrage of fiery tweets in defense of the Affordable Care Act.
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