Scientists are arguing about ‌‌the causes of obesity, which affects more than 40 percent of U.S. adults and costs the health system about $173 billion yearly. The meeting resulted in an implicit understanding of what obesity is not: a personal failing. That is ridiculous and means that we’re going to continue to experience high healthcare costs.

The purpose of any business is to make money, but can a corporation satisfy Wall Street and benefit the public it serves? Big oil, for example, has prioritized profits resulting in high gas prices. Medical expenses often hinder patients long after they have left the hospital. Why do prescription drugs need to cost so much?

When rationalizing their lofty price tags, one of the most common reasons pharma companies cite is that a high price is needed to make good on the money invested in research and development. According to a study, the amount of money spent on research and development (R&D) for new pharmaceutical drugs doesn’t correlate with high prices for the medications.