“If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

– Sir Isaac Newton, circa 1676

It is undeniable that we are in the midst of a new era in health care. Whereas previous breakthroughs in medicine have included vaccines and antibiotics, the human race is now poised for the next big explosion – like the promise of stem cell technology or the hope of gene therapy. But putting aside the science of medicine for a moment, the United States in particular has seen a remarkable growth in the “politicization” of health care over the last two decades. In 2014, for example, the health care sector as a whole spent more money on lobbying efforts than the media, energy or defense sectors, and second only to the finance industry (no surprise there). The pharmaceutical...

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