Saturday, October 14, 2017
Cracked.com -- If, like us, you've ever had to pay $5,000 in medical bills for a few stitches after crashing your razor scooter trying to jump a bag of charcoal, you already know how nightmarishly ridiculous the state of health care in the U.S. has become.
However, odds are you have no idea why health care costs more than a newspaper heir's ransom and rarely seems to make anyone better.
As it turns out, the causes of our terrible system are pretty obvious, but for some reason, nobody has figured out how to make them go away.
5. We Pay More For Every Uninsured Citizen (and Uninsured Immigrant)
4. We Don't Track Whether Medical Procedures Work Or Not
3. Enormous Wait Times Are Caused By A Serious Doctor Shortage
2. Prices For Drugs Are Out Of Control
1. Prices For Everything Else Are Even More Out Of Control
Because health care prices are out of control, it's important for people to get health insurance.
Thankfully, the Affordable Care Act (also known as the Evil Black President's Socialist Plot) expanded that coverage to millions more Americans.
Unfortunately, this has made a lot of people somewhat bitter, because their premiums increased to account for all the new sick people suddenly receiving insurance.
For these angry folks, it's common sense to want to to be rid of the ACA so that everyone has to fend for themselves again -- just as God intended.
Joke's on them, though: They're paying for the medical bills of uninsured Americans, too. And that ---- is expensive.
If someone has insufficient (read: zero) insurance, they don't get turned away at the emergency room when a stop sign is sticking out of their eye. Doctors are still going to help them, because of that whole oath thing.
But they're not doing it for free, so the cost of their visit is passed on to people who do have insurance, in the form of higher premiums or higher deductibles.
In the years before Obamacare, a whopping $42 billion in health care costs was left unpaid. Families were paying an average of $1,017 more each year to cover that cost.
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