“Misconception No. 3: “Government regulation saves lives by making medicines safe.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has routinely kept life-saving medicines off the market for years until its administrators were positive they couldn’t be held responsible for a single death.
Robert Goldberg of Brandeis University has estimated that FDA delays in approving drugs already used safely in other countries have cost at least 200,000 American lives over the past 30 years. These delays killed Alzheimer patients who weren’t allowed to take THA, people with high blood pressure who couldn’t get beta-blockers, kidney-cancer patients deprived of Interleukin-2, and AIDS patients who died waiting for AZT.
This may be true and the FDA may have been overly prudent in some cases and individuals in decision making positions may have possibly been influenced (bribed) by American Big Pharma lobbyist in some cases. How is it that one can buy American drugs cheaper in Canada than in the US?
But then there is this:
For true safety, we rely on (snip) research labs, insurance companies and other private agencies to determine what’s appropriate for each individual, not what is politically safe for the regulators. (snip)
False, none of these have any “hands on” experience with patients and cannot possibly determine what is appropriate for each individual. And Insurance companies are notorious for “selective” claim approvals (death panels). Moreover, what makes you think that “independent” testers are immune to bribery?
Doctors sometimes make mistakes, but they don’t make decisions on a political basis
We are in general agreement here, although rarely, some make decisions based on Big Pharma “incentives”.
In conclusion, your entire argument (confused as it is) is based on the assumption that government by its very nature and in principle is corrupt and only functions to repress individual freedoms. This is a false assumption. In principle US Government is a non-profit organization, functioning for the welfare of all persons which it serves, guided in principle by the Constitution and BOR.
In a Democracy, where government consists of elected representatives of the people, the only danger comes from for-profit businesses which seek to exploit the nation’s resources and who can spend unlimited amounts of money to bribe individual representatives to forsake their oath of office.
Greed, under the guise of Liberty and Unrestricted Capitalism (a term not included in the Constitution or BOR) has, is, and always will be a corrupting influence in any social service organization, be it Federal, State, County, or City government. To reduce oversight on greedy practices does not serve the people, it harms them.
I am an advocate for taking the vulgar amounts of money out of government elections and lobbying. Let each present their case on the merits, not how much money they can raise. Corporations are not “people” and money is not “free speech”, it is a means of exchange, or “Quid Pro Quo”.