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May 04, 2009

Alternative Medicine in Health Care Reform

This week, during President Barack Obama's 100 day Town Hall meeting in Missouri question and answer period, Mr. Obama was asked by a licensed acupuncturist his thoughts on alternative medicine's role in health care.

Mr. Obama replied simply -

"Well, look, my attitude is that we should -- we should do what works. So I think it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments or at least as effective as more intrusive interventions."

"I will let the science guide me."

"...as we're going through health care reform, let's find out what works. I think one basic principle that we know is that the more we do on the prevention side, the more we can obtain serious savings down the road."

A complete transcript of the meeting can be found at the link below.

Transcript: realclearpolitics.com April 29, 2009

Posted by mpence at May 4, 2009 12:04 AM