posted by brutus161
Exactly. Instead of figuring out how Americans are going to pay for things like student loans and health care. Start focusing on why these things cost what they do. I understand initial costs of items, but when colleges force text books that cost hundreds of dollars, and the book is never used, there is a breakdown in the process. Additionally, paying a huge markup for simple drugs that have been around forever is also stupid. Yes, it costs millions upon millions to develop a new drug, but that is why drug manufacturers have a window of exclusivity before a generic version can be made. This allows for the companies to get their investment back. However, paying more than a few cents for a tylenol or motrin during a hospital stay is straight robbery.
Concur. College text books should be simple PDFs, which I think more and more are now a days. I get the rest of your point as well.
My point is for profit colleges have preyed on and screwed over many people simply looking for higher education. That is an example of where trusting colleges to do the right thing does not work well.