The outrageous parts are the unlicensed practice of medicine by government officials, and the corruption regarding staff relationships to the manufacturer and contributions to campaigns.
You are over stating and over dramatizing every aspect to justify your claim as outrageous. It was not the practice of medicine by government officials since it was not mandatory - and the corruption issue is valid but the money involved seems to indicate it was nothing like the crony aspect that we’ve seen with Solyndra or GE or GM or Goldman.
You are straining gnats and therefore ignoring camels.
I think if Merck made any mistake here it was in underestimating what it would take to build up the market ~
No, it took some TV advertising as well, and some full page ads showing fuzzy bunnies and unicorns in the most read young women's magazines.
Merck's efforts delayed full market penetration by a year or more.
Shall we outlaw all preventive vaccines?