Your Aug. 1 cover story ("Disinformation overload," p. 28) is a pure case of the pot calling the kettle black. The article itself is rife with disinformation.
The experts you cite all have well-established liberal, big government biases. How about asking Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) for a comment? He was a professor of economics at Texas A&M University, and his academic credentials are every bit as good as media darling Uwe Reinhardt's.
Then there's the research company Lewin-VHI, which your reporter labels "respected." There was no attempt to describe the biases of the parent company, Value Health. For example, Value Health embraces the Rand methodology of using expert hunches to establish practice guidelines. Since its commercial applications are selling like hot cakes, no one questions the scientific validity of this brand of health services research. Its clients never bother to look at the original data that show Rand's handpicked experts disagreed among themselves about whether certain high-cost medical procedures should be done about half the time.
Why was Value Health given such prominence? What's wrong with the number-crunching of Gary and Aldona Robbins, and John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis? Do their conservative viewpoints make their computer models suspect?
BRANT S. MITTLER, M.D.