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Submitted by Mead Over on
Since I did not attend the conference (apparently the only health economist on the planet who stayed away) I don’t know how much of your account is hyperbole. But I must say that the messianic approach to UHC that you ascribe to Richard Horton and other conference leaders reminds me of the atmosphere of the plenary sessions that open and close international AIDS conferences. Perhaps those pushing the UHC agenda are consciously attempting to emulate the advocacy successes of the AIDS movement. I share what I take to be your skepticism that thoughtless advocacy leads to good policy.