Captains Courageous

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  • 01/07/2008
During Saturday night’s Republican debate, Senator McCain continued his benighted attack on the pharmaceutical industry – the usual half-truth talking points – and then something really unusual happened – another candidate decided that it was time for a dose of reality. Governor Romney said, “Don’t make the pharmaceutical companies into the big bad guys.”

Senator McCain thinks they are. He should talk to patients rather than listening to pollsters.

Looking at the world – and particularly the world of health care – through a “good guy/bad guy” lens is simplistic, wrong, and deleterious to real reform. But it does play well in the media. Senator John "Every Man a King" Edwards is trying the same thing. Some call it “the politics of hate.” And the fact that Michael Moore has decided endorse Edwards is an interesting addition to the divisiveness some candidates are adopting out of desperation.

Joining Governor Romney in the courageous camp of sanity is Senator Obama, who recently told a group of citizens that health care reform will not be easy and that anyone who says there’s a simple solution doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Romney isn’t playing the easy and risk-free “blame Big Pharma” gambit and Obama isn’t opting for simple solutions -- such as drug importation (once again being embraced by both McCain and Edwards).

You mean real reform is going to be hard? That’s the truth – but will it sell?

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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