One of those typical feel good articles came out again. This time it was in USA Today and it goes on about the good fight and how things need to change. Blah, blah, blah. I get so tired of these pieces quoting the same people about how the pharmaceutical industry has so much influence upon my life that I can't do anything anymore under my own volition. Personally, I ridicule the idiots in that industry more than anyone. I do spoof ads, stupid pharmaceutical tricks, and even videos about how they market their products. It's fun. The thing is that I don't think they are as entirely evil as these people say they are in the piece I am referring to (it was copped by the Associated Press). The pharmaceutical industry is just an easy target. In fact, this article really doesn't say anything new that we haven't seen before. It is so formulaic. I will prove it by pulling out key sentences and quotes and then I want you to apply these same sentences in a different way.
- deceiving the public, manipulating doctors and putting profits before patients
- "The influence that the [Blank], the for-profits, are having on every aspect of medicine ... is so blatant now you'd have to be deaf, blind and dumb not to see it"
- "We have just allowed them to take over, and it's our fault, the whole medical community."
- We should all get together and say, 'Enough!"'
- "[Blank] will always face criticism and at times deserve it but our companies remain committed to listening to and learning from parties with divergent points of views."
- "There is no industry far and away that has been more generous than the [Blank]
- But [Blank] analyst XYZ Securities said [Blank] will find ways to adapt to new rules
- Influence prescribing patterns
Now switch this article around. Grab a few Harvard professors, you always need their quotes, and make [Blank] be the managed care industry. That is the real story and the biggest reason the cost of medicine in this country is out of control. The real doctors in the trenches of medicine know that. We hate them more. And we should all get together and say, "Enough".