via Krugman, we see that PhRMA would like to keep us as their pet mushrooms: Kept in the dark, and fed nothing but @#$%.
WASHINGTON — The drug and medical-device industries are mobilizing to gut a provision in the stimulus bill that would spend $1.1 billion on research comparing medical treatments, portraying it as the first step to government rationing.
This is, of course, the kind of thing they've been pushing in Massachusetts, fighting disclosure of research payments. And the political establishment usually complies, even to the point of somehow getting our own Commissioner of Public Health to parrot their arguments.
Our ignorance is their goldmine. Remember that next time you get a prescription.