Hillary Clinton responded to President Bush's plans to prepare for a possible avian fluy crisis by attacking the shortages of vaccines that have occurred under his Administration and, of course, by criticizing Bush for tardiness in taking the steps he has taken so far. Left unsaid by Hillary was her key role a few years ago in ensuring that America would develop a vaccine crisis.
The Wall Street Journal highlighted ($link) "Hillary's Vaccine Shortage" years ago. Her Vaccines for Children program, a pet project undertaken while she was the First Lady, has been especially destructive. That program put the Federal Government in the role of buyer for a huge percentage of all private vaccines, and it has used its monopsony clout to drive prices down to unprofitable levels for vaccine manafacturers.
Thirty years ago, there were 25 companies producing vaccines for the US market. Now only 5 remain, and for some critical vaccines only one manafcaturer has been left standing after suffering the depredations from Hillary's plan. The National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine, a non—partisan group, directly blamed Hillary Clinton years ago for the vaccine crisis.
Tort lawyers, a prime consitutency and money source for the Democratic Party, have also taken their "fair share" from drug companies by repeatedly attacking drug companies for purportedly flawed vaccines. Tort lawyers, with a handy assist by the "crusading" (and wrong) Robert Kennedy, Junior, have also used the fictitous crisis regarding the harmless vaccine additive thimerosal to browbeat vaccine makers.
Ed Lasky 11 02 05