I wanted to mention something that Congress and Trump did right. Anytime a bill is signed by the president it has to first be passed by both houses of congress. Any bill, therefore, is either a collective pat on the back or a collective kick in the crotch for all involved. In my opinion this one is a collective pat. “On Wednesday, President Trump signed the “right-to-try” bill, which now permits terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental medical treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”
The article states that, “Most Democrats and public health groups oppose the bill, arguing that it could put patients in danger.” So I suppose when I say it’s a collective pat on the back we still have those who voted against it that get that figurative kick in the crotch. The argument against it is typified by this comment from Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J. ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee) who said, “FDA oversight of access to experimental treatments exists for a reason — it protects patients from potential snake oil salesmen or from experimental treatments that might do more harm than good.”
That’s not a terrible argument to make of course. I’ve said before that I support regulation that forces businesses to be honest in their products. If you sell a drug that is meant to help someone you need to be honest that it does help, that you can prove it helps, and that it doesn’t do greater harm than good. You need to list the potential harm so that consumers can decide in conjunction with their doctor. That kind of regulation is there to protect and doesn’t keep a company that is legitimate from doing business.
This new law is not for all cases, but rather for those otherwise considered terminally ill who have no other choice. Risk a new and untested drug and maybe die, don’t take the new untested drug and definitely die. It’s an opportunity that little Alfie Evans in the UK never had. Yes, the FDA exists for a reason but reason also dictates that a dying person has the right to fight for the last breath.
Democrats love government and can’t seem to understand that a dying man needs no government. He’s at the point where the things government are meant to do no longer matter. We engage in governments to protect us. The dying man does not need protection. He’s dying. What he needs is one more day, one more shot, one more breath. The only way for that to happen is for government to get out of the way. Democrats who voted in number against this bill don’t seem to comprehend that simple and reasoned way of seeing this. Yes, of course the untested drug might kill the dying man but do they think that matters to him at that point? Of course not. But even in the face of logic they have to cling to what they know and the government that they think must coddle a man cradle to grave.
Good on those who voted for this law and good on Trump for signing it and a kick in the crotch for those who didn’t. It’s a shame they can’t see past the end of their governmental noses.
“FDA oversight of access to experimental treatments exists for a reason — it protects patients from potential snake oil salesmen or from experimental treatments that might do more harm than good,”