Popular Mechanics' James Meigs and Jerry Beilinson spoke with Dean Kamen -- who has invented many health-related technologies, including prostheses that use microprocessors -- about the pending US legislation on healthcare reform. Kamen says he is worried that a false debate over rationing care is being made instead of facing the consideration that cutting costs doesn't encourage people to develop new therapies. "If we want to sit here and keep assuming we should be fighting, and that we should be striving to spend less of our intellectual power and our money on great achievements to come in healthcare — that we should be fighting to make it a smaller piece of our economy — I want to know what you want to make a bigger piece of our economy," Kamen says.
The Healthcare Bill and Innovation
Aug 07, 2009