Why are drugs so outrageously expensive?
The drug Lord's of the Big Pharma Cartel figure if you need it bad enough, you'll pay, and pay, and pay. Recently, my Medicare provider stopped paying for a drug I was taking , because the price suddenly soared to $675 for a months supply. So, my doctor had to put me on a less effective substitute.
Very simple. It's legalized extortion against the patients and legalized bribery between the lobbyists and the pols. It won't end until most people are willing to vote third party on this single issue if nothing else. Sometimes I dream of a huge mob storming the capital in DC, not for an insurrection, but something more like when the British gentry confronted the king and forced him to sign the Magna Carta. Only in this case it would be storming the capital, holding all the members of congress hostage, and forcing them to sign single payer health care and accept that for their own health care as well. I don't see much hope of either approach happening in my lifetime, the Magna Carta approach or voting for third party candidates for congress to get single payer.