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In medicine, the power of no

New York Times, April 7, 2010

The federal government is now starting to build the institutions that will try to reduce the soaring growth of healthcare costs. There will be a group to compare the effectiveness of different treatments, a Medicare innovation center, and a Medicare oversight board that can set payment rates. But all these groups will face the same basic problem, the New York Times reports: Deep down, Americans tend to believe that more care is better care, and recoil from efforts to restrict care.