In reaction to the increase in the use of opioids, the drug companies have produced pain medications which are less addictive but cost more to make. But the insurance companies who ‘care deeply’ about the patients, have refused to pay for it, forcing the opioid crisis to worsen. If capitalism was a rational system this would be seen as a scientific breakthrough, and the state would have footed the bill for the extra cost to its citizens. But no, the state is nowhere to be found. The chaos of colliding capitalists institutions with no long term plan rules the day.
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