Posted by Skye on 9 August, 2009 at 3:12 pm. 1 comment.

So says the Congressional Budget Office:

In yet more disappointing news for Democrats pushing for health care reform, Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, offered a skeptical view Friday of the cost savings that could result from preventive care — an area that President Obama and congressional Democrats repeatedly had emphasized as a way health care reform would be less expensive in the long term.

The Dems are perturbed, and Pelosi whined:

Before that, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that “it’s always been a source, yes I will say frustration, for many of us in Congress that the CBO will always give you the worst-case scenario on one initiative and never … any credit for anything that happens if you have early intervention, health care.

Note the overly botoxed Speaker provides no evidence in support of her knee jerk statement regarding preventative care while Elmendorf presents several studies that back up this CBO report  – you can read them for yourself:

Tufts CEA Registry

Does Preventive Care Save Money?\

Impact of Prevention in Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

You cannot buy or fine people into compliance. Try working in an inner city hospital and you will quickly realize the dependence upon preventative care as a way of keeping costs low is a myth. How many readers have been prescribed antibiotics and did not finish the prescribed dose, perhaps saving them for any future illness? The success of Obamacare is dependent upon every one doing the right thing 100% of the time – and that is what will cause Obamacare to come crashing down, just like the health care schemes in Massachusetts and Hawaii.

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