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  •  this is an excellent diary. Want to add that (12+ / 0-)

    during the Reagan administration, I worked for the National Center for Health Statistics. I was hired to work on a follow-up to a survey done a couple of years earlier. The earlier survey had a set of questions about respondents' experience of barriers to getting health care, a set of open-ended questions so poorly worded that I thought it impossible they would produce any usable data. I assumed that the researcher who had written the questions was an idiot (since I was new, I didn't really know anybody yet), but I decided to be tactful and just asked in a polite way about the questions. He was no idiot -- he had written an entirely different and really useful set of questions but all questionnaires had to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget and Reagan's OMB didn't want info out there on barriers to care, so they rewrote the questions in a way that ensured that there would be no findings.
    Under the Bush administration, a friend of mine who's a government health researcher was stymied and stopped from publishing even the most neutral traditional health data.
    The war on science (and yes, it is a war) is as beloved by Republicans as all their real wars.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 07:48:59 PM PDT

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