And much more quantifiable. It is impossible to deny when shitheels like Shkrelli or the epi pen, or the whatever other drug they raised 3900% up thread was, that this is pure avarice and greed. Taking advantage of the fatal flaw that exists in non elastic demand based markets. It is impossible to say those prices are legitimate, it is easy to describe and show just how broken that is.
Just as it is easy to say that when you go to a hospital in network, but the anesthesiologist in the hospital is out of network? It’s easy to intuitively grasp this is bullshit.
But price abstractions, master list discrepancies, non transparent cost structures with lots of tack on costs, consolidation, the focus on raising prices through implementing amenities that are non critical (such as driving everything to private rooms so they can jack up costs), are all much harder. They require nuance and a level of understanding beyond the average person.
So drug prices are a good emblematic issue. It’s easy to show how broken they are. Much harder some of the other factors.
And that’s the real issue. Here we have no one magic bullet. There is a bunch of overlapping factors. It is a varied problem. We may only eek a few hundred per person on each level, but they add up. It requires a comprehensive approach though.