Google and Yahoo do their part to keep healthcare costs rising
Incredible. One of the main reasons healthcare costs keep heading through the roof is that Doctors are under constantly increasing pressure from their patients to give them drugs they see in ads. “Ask your doctor about Greedoxiacil! The little yellow pill that buys yachts for our CEO!” Since doctors don't have the time to undo the indoctrination the drug companies and advertisers have put over on gullible consumers, they often just roll over. Insurance companies can do little to fight the effects, because even when they institute co-pays to try to nudge people into taking on lower-cost therapies or generics, the drug-makers distribute coupons to doctors or via other means to nullify the co-pay, making it seem to consumers that the name brand, or the latest thing, costs the same as the alternative. Of course, behind the scenes, the insurance company might be forced to pay 10x as much to cover the expensive drug that the person doesn't likely need. But since that cost is hidden to the consumer, they stupidly assume they don't pay it. Until health insurance is too expensive, because of course, these costs get passed on to consumers through rising premiums. But at that point, there are 7 degrees of separation between the consumer's behavior, the drug companies greed, the doctors' complacency, and the greedy media, including Google and Yahoo! who want a slice of the advertising revenue, never mind that drug advertising is restricted for perfectly sound reasons, and never mind the obvious contribution to the health care problem that threatens to bankrupt the country. Yahoo!, you get a pass because you never claimed to be anything other than evil. But Google, this is just more proof that you don’t walk the walk.