The take away message was put best by Johns Hopkins University professor John Bridges...there is no health care without patients. Any effort to impose a cost-driven comparative effectiveness research agenda on patients will fail. It was also put best by Scott Gottlieb who said comparative effectiveness is not about false choices between two drugs, choices driven by a political agenda.
In the end, the only research that matters of the comparative kind will help determine which treatment works best for which individual and help individuals shape the nature of treatment.
Politicians who proceed otherwise will proceed at their peril.