The JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) is a second tier journal that has voluntarily launched itself into unqualified irrelevance with its latest “scholarly” medical article: United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps, by Barack Obama. The LA Times calls it a “scientific study” that poses a threat to “the integrity of scientific publishing.” It is not a scientific study, at all – it is authorized political propaganda for the purpose of painting the president as competent and innovative because he presided over one of the largest government programs in the modern era. However, the writer goes on to say:
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find another paper in any scientific journal in which a politician was allowed to subjectively analyze his own policy and declare it a success. This is a textbook definition of conflict of interest.
…One-sided commentary is perfectly fine for the campaign trail, but it has no place in a scientific journal, or in the scientific record alongside the discoveries of DNA and black holes. On the contrary, a good scientific paper devotes space to seriously considering the objections of other scientists. Failure to do so would often be grounds for rejection. Rather than ignoring or belittling opposing ideas, it is the author’s job to convince his readers that his data and ideas are superior.
I do find it odd that the writer does not take to task the fact that Obama did not write the article, cull the data for evidence, bring forth the findings, and draw a conclusion. The writer(s) of said article who wrote it with the byline “Barack Obama, JD” merely backed into all of the content based on Herr Obama’s conclusions and self-evaluation of his tenure in office presiding over a totalitarian health care system that he is trying to rescue from embarrassment and extinction.
Clearly, we have entered dark times when even second-tier science journals such as JAMA allow the executive branch to propagandize its ideology and policy in what is supposed to be a “prestigious” peer-reviewed medical journal.