There's a lot of money to be made from telling healthy people they're sick. Pharmaceutical companies are actively involved in sponsoring the definition of diseases and promoting them.
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For some, the system works best when elites make the most fundamental decisions for our society, unencumbered by the trappings of "democracy", and when the population is depoliticized, misinformed, or both.
The Blue Dog coalition loved spending lavishly on the Iraq war only to rediscover the evil of budget deficits as soon as Obama was elected.
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