Birth control, control

All year I've been seeing these stories about dastardly pharma companies, who have inexplicably and meanly jacked up prices for college students. This seemed odd, though it was hard to work up too much sympathy, since $50 a month is less than what your average college student spends on bad beer. But I should have known that there was a government regulation behind the sudden change.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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