One of the little questions that has been in the back of my mind about the campaign to require girls to get the new Merck HPV vaccine is who the heck is this Women in Government group that is so gung-ho about this wonder med? Why have I never heard of them before and why are they getting a free pass from the press who make it sound like a well-established, well-respected organization and where have you been if you haven’t heard of it. Sure they mention that Merck provides funding to the group, but as they say, that’s all they wrote.
So in an act of personal remedial education, I went to take a look-see at their website. It’s quite informative. They have a complete list of sponsors, that includes quite the roster of drug companies, insurance companies, medical associations and the odd energy company and auto maker just to add a little balance. Ok, ok, here are some of the highlights for your own personal enlightenment:
Oh well you say optimistically, isn’t it wonderful that all these companies are SOOO supportive of women in government that they provide them with much needed financial support. Strings attached? Looks like–if you browse through their newsletters from the last few years, you will find article after article telling you all about new drugs that are vital to curing whatever the epidemic du jour is. So lets disabuse ourselves that this conveniently named group would automatically have the best interests of women at heart, their funding says otherwise and leaves a pretty odorous clue as to the real deciding factors in healthcare policy in this country.