Miscellaneous Mental Musings of an Emerging Artist
Somebody sends you a note telling you that you or your loved ones are in life-threatening danger unless you do exactly as they command. They tell you that unless a certain amount of money is delivered to them, the continued safety of you or your loved ones cannot be guaranteed. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
At some point the officers of Mylan Pharmaceuticals are going to be brought before a federal committee and asked to explain the oppressive price increase on the EpiPen–a life-saving device developed using taxpayer money–as well as their lavish salary growth resulting from said price increase. They will claim that they are operating well within the bounds of free-market capitalism and have a right to increase the price to a level that they believe customers will continue to pay.
They will avoid mentioning that when somebody is watching their child struggle to breathe they will pay every last dime in their bank account to make it stop. They will pay every bone and organ and drop of blood they have.
Every time the Mylan officers refer to it as free-market capitalism I am looking for somebody on the Congressional panel to firmly correct them: “You mean ‘taking hostages,’ don’t you.”
And the negotiations, such as they are, should be pursued accordingly.