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Why Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Have the Government Make Drugs Makes No Sense

Senator Elizabeth Warren, in a desperate bid for 2020 relevance, rolled out a plan to create a Office of Drug Manufacturing that would have the government manufacture generic drugs and sell them at a “fair price”.

Let’s sidestep all the obvious free market discussions here about the Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act.

The government doesn’t have the expertise or infrastructure to manufacture drugs. Even Warren probably understands that. It could hire and build some of what it needs, but let’s be realistic, that’s not happening. (And if it did, the actual cost of the medication would be huge.) So instead it’s going to outsource manufacturing generic drugs to existing industry partners.

So Warren is proposing a bill to fight high prices for drugs from the pharmaceutical industry by having the same companies making the same drugs make them for the government. A middleman isn’t being removed. A government middleman is being added.

It’s actually more senseless than that.

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