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Got that? Pharmaceutical executives and companies are evil because they make expensive prescription drugs.
I, for one, want to thank America’s pharmaceutical companies for those expensive drugs. They have kept me alive for 21 years after I could have died, and would have, through most of our history. They have kept me functioning actively and out of the hospital and off dialysis. They have spared me broken bones and kept me breathing. And now, as I head toward another kidney transplant, expensive drugs will give me a renewed life once again — an absolutely normal life, making a living, taking care of my kids. Drugs will be more expensive this time around, and a good thing, too. Improved immunosuppressants have boosted the success rate for live related donor kidney transplants from about 65 percent, at the time of my first transplant, to better than 90 percent today.
The alternative is far more costly, both to individuals and to society. The bill is paid in hospital stays, ambulance fees, emergency room visits, and lost productivity. The bill is paid, not to put to fine a point on it, in death. And if drug companies make money on the process, well, that’s how it works: Without the profits, there would be no drugs.
Come fall, you may find me standing next to Douglas Forrester, explaining all that and shaking his hand. I might say something else, too, just to prove that I can be as mean as a Democratic consultant. I might say, “Robert Torricelli wants me dead.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?