That some have a problem with “Right to Try” because they think it undermines the bureaucracy is legitimately despicable.
There is a whole drug approval complex that costs manufactures and taxpayers billions of dollars and untold lives. People who are dying should be able to try whatever they darn well want. Who is the state to have ANY say in such a decision?
Yet many Democrats (sorry to be so explicitly partisan here but it’s true), because the FDA is dominated by government employees, have sought to hold up “Right to Try”. That’s correct, they sought to deny dying patients the opportunity to throw a pharmaceutical Hail Mary because the bureaucrats didn’t want their cheese moved.
This is one of the few times where the GOP is clearly and pretty much without exception in the right. Who owns your life? You? Or the government?
“Thousands of terminally ill Americans will finally have hope, and the fighting chance, and I think it’s going to better than a chance, that they will be cured, they will be helped, and be able to be with their families for a long time, or maybe just for a longer time,” Trump said at a bill signing ceremony at the White House, surrounded by terminally ill patients and their families.
Trump thanked lawmakers sitting in the audience who sponsored the bill, including Sen. Joe Donnelly, a vulnerable Democrat up for reelection in Indiana.
Despite calling Donnelly a “really incredible swamp person” earlier this month, Trump thanked the senator for his work on the bill.
Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), another vulnerable Democrat up for reelection, was the only other Democratic co-sponsor on the bill, but did not attend the ceremony because he is in West Virginia this week, his office said.
Congress is on recess this week for Memorial Day.
Most Democrats and public health groups oppose the bill, arguing that it could put patients in danger.
“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,” said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
How Mr. Pallone can sleep at night is a good question. These people are dying and you have no claim on their lives. Period.
This would be a great example of why Trump is a mixed bag for liberty lovers. This would never have been signed under Obama or Clinton.