Karen: "And before you ask me to pity them, maybe you could think about the $19 billion they spend on promotions. That's advertising to the public, marketing to the physicians and health care professionals, and lobbying."Well, how are you going to learn about the new Shingles vaccine if they don't advertise and inform your doc about it?You have had your shingles vaccine, right? (It costs about $200 and Medicare and many health plans don't cover it yet)......or maybe you really want to go through six months of agony later in life? I'd bet that sneaker companies, junk food companies, and fast food places like McD, taco bell, and the like spend at least that much convincing you to buy their products.....and SPONSOR all sorts of events and parties at the DEM national convention? YOu did read that the Big Oil companies threw some wild bashes for the 'delegates', right? And the delegates got millions and millions in freebie this and that at the convention from PROFIT MAKING companies, including health care, the car companies, junk food purveyors, and the like. Right? Or medicine for arthritis pain? Or insomnia? You ever get prescribed Ambien and lunestra? 10 bucks a pill!!!!! (the generic Temazapan works about as well for me and is 10c a pill)......you don't lie awake after 3-4 hours wondering why you are spending 10 bucks a night on an ineffective LUnestra or Ambien - which you build up tolerance in less than 3 weeks to both).....but for some, they are 'life savers'......Or Viagra? Or Cialis? .....hmmmm......They did built that....despite horrendous government red tape, regulations, mandated clinicial trial tests on everyone from 3 year old dwards to left handed trans sexuals.......t.t.
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