Very Stable Baron wrote:The people with the real power are the outside actors with money. And so long as money=speech under the First Amendment, for the most part, they’ll be free to do what they like.
Those are my thoughts.
Piggybacking on what Baron wrote, I worked for the largest physicians' association in California for five years. Our organization crafted legislation all the time. And if they didn't craft it themselves, were given first crack at reviewing it. We had lobbyists in Sacramento with big budgets.
That stated, I worked for the organization when pharmaceutical companies were allowed to advertise to the public which is why you now see all those ads on TV nowadays. Previously, pharmaceutical companies could only advertise through drug formularies and doctors and other professionally recognized actors.
The change in law destroyed the medical journal I worked for because pharmaceutical companies started sinking their ad bucks elsewhere.
I got why doctors were mad.They didn't like patients asking or questioning medication choices. It's like if your mechanic suggested you needed to replace the brakes and you questioned him or her on the brand he or she was installing and how he or she was going to do it. Doctors, like mechanics, might say, "Fine, you do it."