Gail Devore has been doing this ad asking for the President and Congress to do something about the high cost of drugs. Since I could not find Devore’s ad online, I settled for this video. Here are couple of other links describing the lady.
- Drug price hikes lead to patients rationing meds, government promises to get costs lowered (fox4now.com)
- GAIL DEVORE (patientsforaffordabledrugs.org)
Must admit Devore advertisement is gut-wrenching. She seems like a thoughtful and energetic lady. Unfortunately, in her commerical Devore does not say what “historic” something she wants our President and Congress to do. So I looked up the outfit she represents. Here is what they say about Finding Solutions (patientsforaffordabledrugs.org). Their ideas largely involve more government involvement. Good idea?
Let’s think about this. Why would the price of insulin go up? It should not be patented. We have known how to make insulin for a relatively long time, but we are depending upon the government to keep the price down. And this should be easy for the government, right? Politicians are trustworthy. None of them peddle influence. Don’t they all leave our nation’s capital and the capitals of our states poorer than when they first got there? There is no such thing as crony capitalism. Greedy corporations should not have any influence over our leaders? Our leaders don’t set themselves apart from and think themselves better than the people they represent, do they?
So, what then is obvious solution to the outrageously high cost of insulin? What do we need to do to keep the cost of our medical care down? More government! Right? More government always leads to lower costs and lower prices. Got to admit Patients for Affordable Drugs has a great idea.
So, why The rising price of insulin (medicaleconomics.com)? Check it out. Is there too much or too little government meddling? Is the healthcare sector too highly regulated or not regulated enough?
Keep in mind that corporations are government creations. When we pit evil corporations and the government against each other, we are being silly. Corporations operate under heavy hand of government. The difference is that the people who run corporations make their living by turning a profit. So, corporate leaders have to find a way to make government regulations work for them. Sometimes in the pursuit of profit they do not make ethical choices. Then their customers suffer. Of course, politicians also have let them get away with it.