Orszag Touts More Cost-Cutting in Health Care
May 11, 2009 • 11:35AM

Speaking to a bunch of statisticians in Washington on May 8, OMB chief Peter Orszag argued vehemently for his program of "effectiveness research," applied to cutting health care costs. Orszag said:

"In health care, we are doing lots of things without measuring the impact," noting that costs of the same medical procedures sometimes vary wildly from hospital to hospital, according to a Congress Daily wire. citing a Dartmouth College study that showed that $700 billion is spent annually on health care services with no proven outcomes, he said the system is "wasting substantial amounts of resources on procedures that don't work."

They don't work? Or he doesn't want to pay? He's clearly talking about the latter.