October 17, 2012
OBAMACARE FUN FACT #4: With an out-of-town trip and a editor’s deadline, it’s been a few days since I shared any Obamacare Fun Facts. Now, I’m back at my desk, with the giant 2-volume bill on my desk, so I’m ready to start posting them again. Here we go, fun fact #4:
$1.25 billion– yes, that’s “billion” with a “b”– for “centers of excellence for depression.“ [section 10410 of the Affordable Care Act] These centers will engage in research and treatment of depression.
Wow– really? $1.25 BILLION to universities and other entities to do something–treat and conduct research on depression–that they already have every incentive in the world to do? Indeed, there’s already a National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC)–consisting of 21 large institutions–that has functionally being doing this type of work since 2007.
What a boondoggle. Makes me depressed. Think I can get a grant?
Good to know my tax dollars aren’t being squandered in these tough economic times.