Oil vs. pharmaceuticals

Why isn’t this campaign about drug costs? According to this ad from Energy Tomorrow, pharmaceuticals earn 25.9 cents for each dollars sold; oil and natural gas: 7.4 cents. Both are regulated.

Here’s the ad:

It reminds me of something John McCain said at a rally in Wisconsin: Why is it that every time there are technological improvements in healthcare, costs go up?

Oil and gas are commodities. Like diamonds the prices vary. Also like diamonds, the resources are controlled by groups of people (think cartels) that want to manage the price.

Just like there’s research for oil and gas drilling, there’s research for pharmaceuticals. But why the difference in the end game?