I’m a firm believer that some industries shouldn’t be “for-profit.” In my opinion, essential services should not be run by corporations that have but one goal in mind: Making as much money as possible.
Take for instance our nation’s health care system. I am a firm believer that our health care industry should be for-patient, not profit. The ability for someone to be able to maintain their health should not be based upon how much they can afford. No one should ever live a life in pain, or go without the medical care they desperately need to improve the quality of their life – or even save it – just because they can’t afford health care.
Sadly, that’s what we see in this country every day affecting millions of Americans. Though the Affordable Care Act has been a step in the right direction, there are still millions of people who lack health care coverage. Not only that, but because the ACA is still mostly dependent upon for-profit insurance companies, costs are still a huge factor for many.
Then we can’t forget that hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are also involved in this for-profit racket. It’s a ridiculous cycle. Hospitals try to game the insurance companies who are then trying to game the patients; meanwhile, big pharmaceutical companies are trying to screw both sides. It’s three sections of the same industry all trying to make as much money as possible at the expense of people’s lives.
A great example of this was put on full display by this extraordinary jackass, Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, aka the “Pharma Bro.” This bottom-feeder comes in and hikes the AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill – overnight.
Why? Because he found it outrageous how much money they weren’t making by selling the pill for such a low per-pill cost. Who cares if the pill saves lives, he couldn’t give a damn about that. What he cares about is money.
Since the controversy, however, he has changed course just a bit, announcing that he won’t raise the price to $750 – but he hasn’t yet stated what the cost per pill will eventually be. Rest assured that the price is going to go up; this idiot still wants to make as much money as possible, he’s just hoping the controversy will subside a bit after a few weeks.
There’s also a report floating around that when he was CEO of pharmaceutical company Retrophin, he raised the cost of a kidney medication from $1 to $30 per pill.
This is exactly what I mean when I say our health care system should absolutely not be for-profit. Human beings who rely on certain medications to survive or make it through their day-to-day lives should not be seen as some sort of commodity to exploit by for-profit businesses.
But that’s exactly what’s happening.
This “Pharma Bro” clown is a perfect example of everything that’s wrong with our health care system. People like him sit in boardrooms, looking over costs and expenses, trying to find the best way to eliminate expenses. In this case, providing much-needed affordable health care and medication to very sick people plays second fiddle to the pocketbooks of buffoons.
The lives and health of human beings should never be seen as an expense that needs to be eliminated, or a commodity to be exploited. I think it’s time we have a universal health care system where people are treated like actual human beings and profits become a thing of the past.
Nobody should have to suffer because they can’t afford the medical care they desperately need to live a better life.