BYE-BYE ADVICE: HOLDING EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SCIENCE, ESPECIALLY OURSELVES

By Harold Pollack

Thanks for the hospitality, Ezra. Thanks, especially, to the commenters for great observations and corrections. The combination of anonymity, spontaneity, and immaturity render many comment threads a depressing and toxic brew. Not here. I’m grateful that readers here care about public health, not merely healthcare delivery.

One final Polonius-like note:
For the past eight years, our presidential administration ignored or rejected scientific consensus in critical matters: climate change, syringe exchange, condoms, abstinence-only education, the health impact of environmental pollutants, and much more. Many people in the reality-based scientific, medical, environmental, and public health communities are breathing a sigh of relief that the Obama administration appears committed to evidence-informed policy. By all means, let’s collectively exhale. Then let's be sure to hold progressives to the same high scientific standards many of us wanted to apply to President Bush....

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