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A warning shot in the healthcare fight

Los Angeles Times, February 24, 2009

When President Obama included money in his economic stimulus plan to help people identify the most cost-effective medical care, he set off one of the sharpest, and most unexpected, political fights of his young administration. The "comparative-effectiveness" issue was supposed to help lay the groundwork for the broader reform effort. But it became a lightning rod for conservative commentators who labeled it a step toward socialized medicine.