The pharmaceutical company is a hallmark boogeyman in American politics. Big pharma is the ultimate evil in the back of our political minds. But often, the idea of a malicious pharmaceutical company is muddled with conspiracy and deception. Sometimes, Americans need to refocus. Yet we cannot forget that malicious companies exist. And they do evil things. Most recently, whistleblowers revealed that a pharmaceutical company is bribing doctors to sell their price-hiked drug.
In November of 2018, the United States held the midterm elections. It elected dozens of brand new faces to Congress; including the now infamous Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). She is a “Democratic Socialist” and is a Congresswoman for New York’s 14th district. AOC’s success ushered in an entirely new era of democratic politicians. She proved that more radical policies can be popular and added to the growing pool of “socialists” in Congress. Bernie Sanders and AOC are the two most prominent democratically socialist thinkers in government right now. With this shifting climate against “the elites” in mind, it’s important to examine the ideas people are putting forth with a critical eye.