The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Health Care Held Hostage to Profit

Nov 28, 2011

If you live anywhere in the world except in the United States, you can buy a generic Lipitor for 10 cents per day. Not in the U.S.

Lipitor, the leading cholesterol-lowering drug, costs $4.00 per day here. That’s $1,460 per year, unless health insurance covers it. Some plans cover part of it and each plan has different co-pays and premiums.

Why are U.S. health care costs by far the highest in the world? Look at the for-profit pharmaceutical industry, and you see one of the causes!