Now That the Oscars Are Over, Allow Me To Be a Grouch

iStock_000009004731SmallWhy do we care when celebrities opine on issues outside of their expertise? I’ll make them a deal: I won’t sing, and they won’t write about health policy.

As I write in today, Celebrities Should Stick To Their Song And Dance.

In 2002, Julia Roberts asked Congress to earmark $15 million for Retts Syndrome and Congress listened. But should celebrities be advising policy-makers on how to best allocate limited resources? Maybe the funds could have been better spent on some other disease — or maybe not. But I’d rather scientists inform those critical decisions.

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