The abuse of patent law in the US is a prime driver of the ludicrous cost of care. Insulin was developed and given free to the community by its inventors, yet has been under patent for decades somehow, and now costs more than most people can afford. Pricing regulation and patent laws are required in the public interest. Pricing for drugs is now made based on how badly you might need it to survive. Think about that. In any systematic way of delivering health care, why would a thousand percent, let alone 10 thousand percent profit be a reasonable thing to accept? Why should any pharma company be allowed to renew a patent after the initial period of recoup of cost? Why should we permit drug companies to pay off generic producers not to produce in order to maintain their prices without competition. The usual excuses of damping innovation just don't hold water anymore. If a drug costs 50,000 dollars per dose, the insurance cost has to be spread across all other drugs and treatment.