White Coat, Black Hat Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine

13Sep/110

The Ethicator’s Moral Hero of the Week: Rick Perry

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At last night's Republican Tea Party debate on CNN, things got a little testy over Governor Rick Perry's executive order mandating HPV vaccinations for 11- and 12-year old girls.  Michele Bachmann accused Perry of a conflict of interest with Merck pharmaceuticals,  but Perry knew just how to brush it all aside:

“It was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them.  I raise about $30 million. And if you’re saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended.”

Amen to that. Perry practically gave it away.  Next time, Merck, if you want to mandate a vaccine, you better be prepared hand out some major scratch.

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