This is an absolute disgrace and Reps

Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for even considering it.

If private companies want to hang on to the results of research they paid for, they have every right to do so and profit from it under a capitalist system. However, given how often such companies whine about government interfering in business, it's ridiculous for them to take research funding from taxpayers and then expect them to pay for it again when they want to see results. If they want to charge to see results, they should pay for the work themselves.

If the government pays, the results should be freely available to everyone.

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Something else to get pissed about: putting taxpayer-funded research behind pay walls.

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New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls – ProPublica
Want to read the results of the biomedical research you helped pay for? You can find it for free. Now, two House members have introduced a bill — with the backing of big medical publishers — that woul…

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