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March 18, 2013

The U.S. health care system is a gigantic money making scam machine that is about ready to collapse. This year the American people will spend approximately ....

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Mar-18-13 5:27 AM

"....but rather how can we get a more reasonably priced system." - Gary R. Weaver

The answer is simple and lies withing each one of us. Proper diet and exercise. We cannot continue the increasing trend of an ever larger segment of our population being obese, with the associated disease and illness, and expect our healthcare costs to remain constant.

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Mar-18-13 5:40 AM

"Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security." - John F. Kennedy

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Mar-18-13 6:02 AM

The cost of healthcare is what the Affordable Care Act is suposed to address in economic terms. It's suposed to make healthcare affordable for everyone. Well, I think I'm paying more than ever for health insurance and if anything, the quality of healthcare has slipped. As far as the ambulance industry costing more than the movie industry in America, that doesn't bother me when I consider what the movie industry does with their excess profits, like lobby against fracing in New York State.

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Mar-18-13 6:20 AM

That's part of the problem Gavin. Another part is the healthcare system is set up to reward itself for ordering unnecessary tests. Outcomes are not involved in any way in the payment patients make for their care.

It's also true that 3% of people in the US used to be employed by the healthcare industry in the US, now as much as 14% of the population are employed by the US healthcare system. That's in part for the reason Gavin stated, in part because of unnecessary testing, and in part because there's no incentive for healthcare corporations to not hire more employees. Since they can just jack up the bill, why not hire a couple dozen more "recreational therapists"?

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Mar-18-13 6:26 AM

“We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders.”

“Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” ---Chief Justice John G. Roberts

If you don't like the tax or the penalty (whichever you want to call it), vote them out of office.

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Mar-18-13 6:38 AM

The ACA hasn't even taken effect yet. Blame the free market system if you don't like what you see.

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Mar-18-13 6:52 AM

Jerry, I don't think you can blame the free market system on the costs solely, its Gov intervention, regulation and lawers are huge contributors as is fraud. Imagine what is going to happen going forward, THOUSANDS of pages of new regulations and rules with an aging population. Does anyone think its even possible to read these new regs? Why couldn't our own political leaders even do that? I say at the very least, they get the same program they are forcing others to take.

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Mar-18-13 7:44 AM

I agree with Gavin. We have to look at the increasing cost of pharmaceuticals, price-gouging in life saving medications, inflated costs of band-aids to aspirin in day to day hospital operations, etc. How many of the people who post either have received or has a parent who receives "eye" injections at well over $1000,00 a shot before the Dr. fee? Do you really believe these drugs cost even $500,00 to manufacture? Profit is fine but gouging should be unacceptable to all of us. There are multiple factors that are causing the demise of "healthcare" and medicare as we knew it.

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Mar-18-13 8:09 AM

CHayes-"Another part is the healthcare system is set up to reward itself for ordering unnecessary tests."

I disagree. Some tests are done to avoid litigation because Dr.'s and Hospitals are afraid of getting sued.

I think the writer is correct. Health care and health insurance are a major drain on our economy. It's effects everyone. Businesses are effected because of having to shell out so much money and, because of the increased co-insurance, co-pays and insurance premiums put out by the populace, there is less money left to buy the products they sell.

I think a single payer option is the way to go. Maybe I'm wrong. But I know that the writer is correct that our current path is unsustainable.

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Mar-18-13 8:25 AM

It's important to recognize the difference between health care and health care insurance. Health care has become big business...partly due the fact people live longer and seemingly want to little as far as personal responsibility... those who REFUSE to do one thing to be responsible for their own health...just take a pill rather than change a diet or lifestyle. Now enter the way we PAY for this care >>> that's the biggest scam that has come down the pike....ever! Costs are bloated [by providers] to collect for fees. If everyone paid real money for care, you would see the fees drop fast! That would be affordable care! Personally, I have no clue how to dismantle this monster...but something NEEDS to happen and it's not Obamacare!

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Mar-18-13 9:42 AM

Good letter however as the responses show not all agree how to correct it.

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Mar-18-13 9:48 AM

Yes! We should trust our healthcare system to the same people who have mismanaged the federal budget and put future generations into debt!

We should allow regulation of medical costs by the same people who mismanaged public pensions!

We should put all our private medical records into digital format and online so they can be as secure as the information revealed by WikiLeaks!

The elected morons who brought us to this point only want to play with the money involved in the healthcare system....nothing more.

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Mar-18-13 12:31 PM

Hospitals charge a set rate for services, products and equipment. More than 100% more than you pay in a store or on-line. Hospitals have monopolized the healthcare service in their community. You will find in most communities the largest employers is hospital based. This includes competing hospitals and doctors not working in the hospital system. All the criticism hurled at government programs like Medicare and Medicaid are very hollow since the healthcare industry which complains about them work very hard to retain those who participate in those programs.

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