There once was an Emperor of a prosperous country who cared more about health care costs than military pursuits or unemployment so he requested accountants provide him the finest cost estimates as he undertook health care reform.
This cost estimate, they tell him, will be to three significant digits and will account for all potential changes to the world that might occur for the next ten years, but because of how they were derived, will be invisible to anyone who was either stupid or unfit for their position.
The Emperor pretends that he understands the accuracy of the estimates so as not to appear stupid; his ministers do the same. When the accountants report that the cost estimate that was generated in record time and includes provisions for hundreds of amendments just passed, they arrive and mime a beautiful robe of cost estimates. The Emperor then goes on a procession through the Capital showing off his new "clothes".
During the course of the procession, a small doctor cries out, "the Emperor is naked!" The crowd realizes the doctor is telling the truth when they realize no one has any idea how much anything really costs in health care. The Emperor, however, holds his head high and continues the procession.