February 9, 2009 9:35PM

Medicine Eees No Cheezborger

Colleague and comrade‐​in‐​arms Sally Pipes likens federally funded research comparing medical treatments — to which the so‐​called “stimulus” bill would devote $1.1 billion — to federally funded research comparing cheeseburgers.

I too think the case for federally funded comparative‐​effectiveness research is misguided, but it’s stronger than the comparison to cheeseburgers would suggest. Why? Cheeseburgers are not credence goods.