Comparing Applies to Oranges? NY Times was right!
Reader comment on: NYT Denounces Drug Price Increases While Raising Its Own
Submitted by Casey Bell (United States), Dec 22, 2015 22:16
I just read part of your piece suggesting that the NY Times is somehow being hypocritical by
criticiizing drug price gouging and then raising their subscription rates. This is certain a case where
you are making a false eqivilancy. The NY Times is absolutely right in saying that you are making a ludicrous comparison. I'm guessing you have a grudge against the Times whch accounts for the
sarcastic remarks you sprinkled in.
I also wanted to point out that your claim that most patients don't end up paying the increased drug
prices because they are covered by some form of insurance or negotiated with hospitials is either naive or dis-ingenous. Increasing the price of a newspaper subscription doesn't raise anybody's insurance costs but any price increases paid by insurance companites are inevitably passed on to the rest of their policy holders in the form of increased premiums. I suspect that you are smart enough to understand that but chose to gloss over it because it would of hampered your effort to lambast the NY Times.
Another major difference between newspapers and prescription drugs is that, unlike drug companies, newspapers are never granted the exclusive right to sell a vital health-related substance by the govermment for decades before other companies are allowed to sell it.
I hope this article was not typical of your work.
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