Essentially the drugs are priced at what "the market will bear," which in a normal competitive, free-market would spur others to innovate and come in with cheaper, and cheaper alternatives. However, it isn't a true free-market, as you/and I do not normally know the cost we pay at the pharmacy nor do we research the cheaper options. If you want to buy a new television, you know there are a variety of brands/costs, it is all transparent online pricing and you can research it and get the best deal. If you want to know the prices of the meds, it is all smoke and mirrors, and nowhere as simple as the tv example. Worse yet if you want to get a procedure like a colonoscopy, and want to shop around facilities for the price.
Whether they can make healthcare and meds function like a true free-market, just go single-payer medicare for all, or somewhere in the gray area in between those two extremes, *shrug* who knows. There's no putting lipstick on this pig though, and calling it a fix. Rather they need to essentially take a sledge hammer to the whole system and start over from the ground-up. There's a variety of different approaches (some more free-market, others socialized) the world over that work and are cheaper. Seems, an honest conversation and comparison of what works elsewhere and what could work here with the political realities would help. Not a political forum, but my general message is there's lots of possible ways to cover all the full spectrum of opinions that could be used to solve it. And at this point, anything would be better, cheaper, and more cost effective than what we have now (excluding the lipstick).
Try putting that in a 15 second sound bite that effectively conveys the actual situation to most voters, many of whom are uninformed on this subject.
DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014
Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226