There is a convenient little distraction going on right now too, called Haiti.
I was extremely offended when I saw the local news interviewing these "hero" doctors that were waiting to leave the Milwaukee airport for Haiti, to work on people in need down there for free... when they refuse to at home.
This country is so ass-backwards it's not even funny to laugh at in contempt anymore.
I was talking with a friend that is a doctor about the cost of healthcare in the US. Here is what he told me.
A typical patient comes in for a skin tag. That's a small piece of excess skin.
Decades ago most people removed it themselves. Now, they have insurance so they go to the doctor and let the doctor handle it. That raises the cost of healthcare.
The doctor charges more because he can get away with it since the patient doesn't care what it costs. The insurance will only pay a percentage of the claim so the doctor makes sure he gets enough to be happy.
We're not done there. The doctor now needs to send this skin tag to a lab to be tested for cancer. He knows from looking at it that it isn't cancerous with 99.9% certainty, but if he's wrong he's going to be sued and lose his license and practice so he sends it out.
So this skin tag that cost nothing but a bandaid a couple decades ago now costs the patient $20 for the office visit, the insurance company also pays $160 to the doctor and $170 to the lab. So it's $350 for the same thing.
People constantly come in for a wart on their hand. He isn't allowed to say try Compound W and if that doesn't work come and see me, he has to treat them and then he has to cover his butt so he doesn't get sued.
He actually had a lady come in with a hang nail. He had to remove it and he had to send it to the lab to make sure that it wasn't something more.
You fix healthcare with three things.
1) Tort reform. there needs to be limits on the amount of money a person can recover and we need a loser pays all legal fees. That will stop the frivalous lawsuits and encourage the party that is wrong to settle quickly to keep costs down.
2 Insurance reform. We need to get back to where we were n the 50's and 60's with a major healthcare policy that insures a person is covered for hospital visits for major items like a gall bladder or heart surgery. Simple office visits are out of pocket. That will stop people from going to the doctor for a hang nail.
3) hospitals need to be able to turn away those that don't have insurance. It sounds cold, but I would be willing to bet that most of the people that can't afford health insurance would be able to afford a major policy like I described above. Also these same people that can't afford health insurance have cell phones, cable tv and a bunch of other luxuries that could pay for health insurance.