Again, the absolute inability to consider obvious solutions
Beyond limited responses, like using the F.D.A.’s discretionary powers to expedite temporary imports of drugs that are sold overseas but not here, there are very few ways to ease the crisis. For the longer term, bipartisan bills in Congress would require drug makers to give the F.D.A. six months’ warning of problems that might disrupt supplies. For that to work, the penalties for noncompliance would need to be stiff.
Other proposals include a national stockpile of critically important drugs, incentives to encourage the manufacture of generic drugs, and broader powers and additional resources for the F.D.A. to head off looming shortages. Some, perhaps many, Congressional Republicans will inevitably oppose an expansion of the F.D.A.’s regulatory authority. This cannot and must not be a fight over ideology. For many Americans, it is a fight for their lives.
Why not either just have the government manufacture them, or force the firms to do it? There are more than a few ways to do so, including the war powers, act, I’m not even going to bother going into detail. This is an issue of will, not means.
We pretend our age is non-ideological, but it is so ideological it can’t even see its ideology. FDR or any president through Nixon, at least, and their Congresses, would have understood how to solve such a problem.
People are dying, but our leaders value the idea that the government shouldn’t do anything the private sector might do far more than they do the lives of their citizens.