Hillary Clinton on Health Care

“I know that there are a lot of experts who may disagree about how to get to universal health care, but they agree with me that in the absence of universal health care it’s very difficult to control costs, and it’s extremely hard to incentivize quality improvements at the level you need to really see results.”

Actually, this sentence is the opposite of stunning. Incentivize?! I dislike adding suffixes to real words to make new ones which supposedly sound more important. Politicians love to do this. Incentive is the noun which has been hijacked into the fancy “incentivize” or incent (as a verb). I was surprised that Merriam Webster actually lists this as a word. After people misuse a word long enough, I guess good old Webster relents and decides it’s a word.

Head to http://www.nyt.com/ for Clinton’s interview.

One comment

  • Anonymous
    March 29, 2008 - 12:58 pm | Permalink

    It always annoys me when a word is changed to make it sound like more than it is. The changes often sound like invented words. Politicians do this and so do our government officials with every speech and press release. Why can’t they say what they have to say, correctly and simply?
    We’ll get it.

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