By Dan Diamond
April 2, 2015
Mark Cuban is a billionaire entrepreneur. He’s a star of the “Shark Tank” reality TV show. He’s the savvy owner of an NBA basketball team, the Dallas Mavericks.
He’s even invested in four heath care companies.
But Mark Cuban doesn’t understand health care.
That’s the obvious conclusion after Cuban issued a string of lunkheaded tweets on Wednesday — encouraging his 2.8 million Twitter followers to get their blood tested every quarter — that only got worse when Charles Ornstein, a ProPublica reporter, gently challenged him.
Ornstein’s no ordinary health care journalist; he’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, a well-known data guru, and the past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
But his point here was fairly conventional: More health care testing isn’t healthy. Morehealth care isn’t healthy.
Yet Cuban grew increasingly obstinate — “You demonstrated nothing except a [lack of] faith in our healthcare systems and doctors in general,” he told Ornstein at one point — even as a growing horde of health care experts told Cuban just how wrong he was.
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