6) That Congress got the numbers wrong is excusable; that it endorsed the rhetoric of the pricelessness of human life is intolerable.
Behind this is a subtle version of the pricelessness of human life claim.
12) More problematic still is the social hypocrisy fostered under these circumstances: Medicare or private health insurance plans that pay for $100,000 anticancer drugs like Avastin can affirm their endorsement of the pricelessness of human life (for those with the relevant insurance coverage) while drawing our gaze away from the uninsured or underinsured, as well as those who cannot afford the 20 percent copay their plan demands.
Here we have an example of the moral insidiousness of a background belief in the pricelessness of human life.
21) This looks like a major misallocation of health care resources, unless our starting premise is the pricelessness of human life.
23) Again, my point is not that cost-effectiveness analysis should be the foundation of moral judgments, but that it is a relevant consideration needed to counter the morally distorting influence of the pricelessness of human life.
If the appeal is to the pricelessness of life, then we ought to be honest in admitting that only very well-insured lives are priceless.