Think about this:
Government agencies and universities research diseases and come up with innovative medicines and treatments in parallel to the private research from the pharmaceutical industry. The drugs and innovations are then negotiated over to for profit business, i.e. the pharmaceutical industry, who expertly mass produce them and bring them to the public. Sometimes as direct distributions, but more often than not, through distribution chains, which jack up the costs, as they stock up their for profit owned pharmacies who tack on their profits as well. Depending on the drug, the consumer may wind up paying double the price than that at which it left the Pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. Then we have the insurance companies, as the article notes " Confusing customers and dumping the sick: all to appease the investors on Wall Street". In short doing what they can to not pay the bill.
But what happens to the sick patient?
Glad Wendell Potter has had enough - many of us have....