Franken concerned about U.S. medical bankruptcies rates

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, expressing concern about extreme medical expenses at Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on medical debt and bankruptcies, asks questions (and answers them himself) about comparisons between U.S. medical bankruptcy rates and those in other countries.

Franken is addressing a scholar from the Hudson Institute, a think tank that forecasts trends for governments and businesses.

You can decide for yourself whether Franken actually “humbles the scholar,” as the poster claims in the title of this clip, which was taken from the 100-minute hearing that can be viewed on C-SPAN.

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  1. Submitted by Melissa Hansen on 10/23/2009 - 03:37 pm.

    I admit I am sided with Franken; I like to think that I would think the following regardless but who knows. With that in mind, I have to say I was really impressed with him calling for the woman on diverting attention from the topic of discussion with statistical correlation.

    Correlation is not causation.

    I happen to have worked in Cancer research and broad stroke statements about Cancer rates are risky- I think it is the same for many other topics. There are so many things one could say and there are so many factors at play in disease. For example, Asian countries have much higher stomach cancer incidence rates than the rest of the world, that could be correlated with so many things. Once could go on all day and none of it speaks to the reality of a family facing the burden of paying for the expensive treatment of disease.

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