Americans pay more for drugs and medical devices than any other country. Big Pharma follows potential patients everywhere — on TV, in print and online. Companies spend billions advertising to doctors to get them prescribe their brand-name drugs and devices. They also spend billions paying criminal and civil settlements resulting from fraudulent marketing. Do these practices empower patients or expose them to newer, riskier and more expensive drugs and devices?

I am sure you have memorized all of the names of all of the drugs we are constantly told to buy on TV (I know I have): Cialis, Eliquis, Humira, Lyrica, Chantix, Abilify, and on and on.

I couldn’t even tell you what they are supposed to do for us, but I know the names because they are drilled into our heads relentlessly.

What does this say about America? It says several things, including that we are too lazy to fix our health problems with diet and exercise and it says that American culture is about making money, no matter who it may hurt.

And the worst part about this is the fact the the Senate is poised to pass a ‘healthcare’ bill that will take healthcare away from millions of Americans, just so they can give a tax cut to the very rich and make more money for the drug companies who already flood the airwaves with their sickening commercials.