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If you wonder if your new dentist is a quack, don’t count on information from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to know. Which begs the question: if government can’t handle the portions of health care it already oversees, why do we want them to do more.

A story in the Marshall News Messenger quotes a state audit report claiming the dental board “gives the public ‘inaccurate, incomplete, and inconsistent data,’ about Texas dentists and other dental professionals…”

But the kick is that the reporter notes that this is “a long-standing problem.”

Then why is this agency allowed to continue. Are we really better served by having state government give “inaccurate, incomplete and inconsistent data” than maybe not having the board at all? If this agency is so poorly run, managed and equipped — as the article seems to imply — then why shouldn’t the legislature just abolish the thing and start over?

They sure couldn’t do worse… Then again…