The headline on the Associated Press story about a new executive order requiring four huge government agencies to become transparent about the cost of the health care they pay for cries out for a tweak. It read: Bush Seeks Better Health Care Cost Info.”
Good for him. But wouldn’t it have been a better story if “Bush Seeks Better Health Care Info?” A number of people might have coronaries if such a fantasy came true, because there has been no administration so hostile to transparency about health itself. From AIDS prevention, to contraception, to tobacco regulation, to food safety, to pollution and to the health effects of climate change, the administration has hidden, ignored and just plain dissembled about scientific conclusions that don’t fit its ideology.
What does it matter if the administration gives you cost — but not condoms; transparency — but not truth?