Supplies – Just make it happen

I can’t find a quote, but I know in Atlas Shrugged part of what the government did was just insist that X was going to happen no matter reality.

Today we get a headline “FDA Proposal aims to head off more drug shortages”. Good news, right? So what is the proposal? how can this be done? Thank goodness we have such genius’s running things eh?

Under the proposed rule, companies that make medically important prescription medicines would have to notify the FDA six months ahead of any changes that could disrupt the U.S. supply. That includes plans to discontinue a product or manufacturing changes that could slow production.

That’s rights – if next month a tsunami arrives and screws up your supply of the base of X drug, you need to send in an official report to the FDA 5 months ago to let them know.

Got a problem?
Make a law.
Problem goes away.


UPDATE: Sadly, I can update this today with that Atlas Shrugged Directive 10-289 where in we get this:

Point Five. Every establishment, concern, corporation or person engaged in production of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth produce the same amount of goods per year as it, they or he produced during the Basic Year, no more and no less. The year to be known as the Basic or Yardstick Year is to be the year ending on the date of this directive. Over or under production shall be fined, such fines to be determined by the Unification Board.

But why did I hear of this directive today? Because doctors are refusing to see Medicare patients because Medicare does not cover their costs.
Got a problem?
Make a law.

FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.

It hasn’t happened yet, but a commenter there mentioned 10-289.

ht the Mighty Drudge

UPDATE #2: It’s not in directive 10-289, but perhaps in the latest Journolist list of rules for the MSM, but here we have an advertisement out of CNN acting like it is a new story. At the end, to be totally fair, they admit that there IS a fuss anyway.

So then, why the fuss?
Studies show people are politically riled up about all this change in health insurance, but when it comes down to it, Gruber said the sky won’t fall next year and things should get better.
“Once people experience it and go through this initial transition, which is going to be rocky, then they’re going to realize the benefits of having a system like this,” Gruber said.
“Yes, if you are young and healthy it will be more expensive, but right now this is an insurance market which not only is discriminatory, but the typical person who buys their own insurance has a very weak insurance plan. (Under Obamacare) everyone will have will have guaranteed, real insurance that’s fairly priced.”

So who is this Gruber? Must be one of the people making a fuss, right? That would be the only way to make this an even story. Uh no.
Gruber is “ne of the architects of both the Massachusetts and Obama health care plans and the author of a graphic novel that simply explains health care reform.”.

And there you have it folks. Reason # 54,321 why CNN sucks.

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