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.
I'm a strong supporter of universal health insurance, and a fan of the Obama administration. But I'm appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying arm to buy their support.
The White House may be willing to cave on drug price negotiations and having a public option. Giving us health care reform without those key ingredients is like serving a PBJ sandwich without the peanut butter or the jelly.
The government is giving the drug companies incentives to promotes their drugs even when they aren't the best medicine for patients. This goes directly against efforts to contain costs by promoting good medicine.
Far from being a font of innovation, the drug market has become stagnant. Companies squander a fortune developing "me-too" drugs so they can take out a new patent and receive another avalanche of profits.