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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.

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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

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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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- Because health care prices are out of control

profit gouging is out of control. too many fingers in the pot is out of control.

It needs to be taken over.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-15 12:34 AM | Reply

profit gouging is out of control. too many fingers in the pot is out of control.

It needs to be taken over.

#1 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

What's ironic is the ACA is an original Republican idea (Heritage Foundation) designed to keep the profit motive in the healthcare sysyem ... and the Republicans have done everything possible to undermine it.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-15 07:47 AM | Reply

What's ironic is the ACA is an original Republican idea (Heritage Foundation) designed to keep the profit motive in the healthcare sysyem ... and the Republicans have done everything possible to undermine it.

Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-15 07:47 AM | Reply

Because a BLACK man got it passed instead of them. Racism extraordinaire.

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-15 07:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Because a BLACK man got it passed instead of them. Racism extraordinaire.

#3 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Exactly

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-15 08:22 AM | Reply

What is ironic is you trying to pass the aca as some kind of republican idea.

#5 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-10-15 09:01 AM | Reply

What is ironic is you trying to pass the aca as some kind of republican idea.

#5 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Conservative think tank Heritage Foundation and the individual mandate ... www.forbes.com

Also, Republican Mitt Romney as governor of Mass basically enacted the same thing ... www.npr.org

So you're saying that the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney are HUGE Liberals and/or Democrats?

LOL

... and this is why American politics is so dysfunctional. And you're not helping by your obstinance toward what is fact.

So, how's living in Russia these days?

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-15 09:20 AM | Reply

But removing subsidies that help the poor and stabilize the markets are going to solve all those problems. As soon as Trump can undermine and destroy the ACA like he promised he will get right on that.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-15 01:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"So you're saying the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney are HUGE Liberals and/or Democrats?" #6 LOAF
When you consider where the republican party is today, I would say yes.

#8 | Posted by squinch at 2017-10-16 07:07 AM | Reply

The #1 problem in health care is greed.

The AMA limits the number of doctors that graduate to keep salaries high.

Health insurance companies refuse services and find ways to deny coverage to keep profits high.

Drug companies will extend patents and jack up prices to keep profits high.

and so on and so on.

As health care consumes more and more of our GDP, the rest of the economy will wither.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-16 08:34 AM | Reply

The #1 problem in health care is greed.
~ 726

you can stop right there - the for answer every problem associated with healthcare in the USA.

#10 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-10-16 12:23 PM | Reply

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