• Aaron Carroll can do the math

    Jon Chait had an interesting interaction with Republican Senate staff.

    The Republican Senate staff objects that my item failed to include a hyperlink to a post by Aaron Caroll, on whose analysis I partly relied. I apologize for the oversight. Sessions’s office further contends that Carroll, whom it correctly if incompletely characterizes as “a pediatrician,” is not a reliable source on matters of health-care finance. I replied that I consider Carroll, who is also director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the University of Indiana, and a co-author of the respected health economics blog the Incidental Economist, a reliable source on these matters. We agreed to disagree on this point.

    Let’s be clear, “health-care finance” is just math, which Aaron can do. But this story doesn’t even require math. The GAO spelled it all out, as Aaron posted. I’ve yet to see anything that articulates a logical problem with that post. The rest of Chait’s piece corroborates it.


    • Oh this is just the WORST. Who is considered reliable on these matters–the Cato institute? Really, you guys need to give these people hell–talk to your representatives, send Sessions’s office everything you ever published, every citation, they should not be allowed to get off with that one.

    • Sessions’s counterpart, Richard Shelby, was the guy who blocked Peter Diamond, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and one time teacher of Ben Bernanke, from being appointed to the Federal Reserve Board due to his “lack of experience.” Aaron is in great company in having his credentials smeared by a senator from Alabama.