Gas prices making health care hard to afford.I work in the insurance industry, and even I can see this is totally screwed.
Much as I love the free market, it ain’t gettin’ the job done here, gang. It just ain’t.
You said it.
I’m afraid I don’t follow your logic here, Matt. What has changed that makes health care harder to afford? Not health-care prices — gas prices. So why is the solution socialized health care? Food is also harder to afford due to higher gas prices. Is the solution socialized food?
Eric, my friend, this article doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Of course health care prices are increasing, at double the rate of inflation (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=acu6wumX6ed0&refer=us).
Those who are not seeking medical treatment now because they are forced to choose between paying for gas or paying for the treatment will sooner or later show up in emergency rooms, getting much more expensive treatment for acute conditions that could have been prevented. Those individuals will either incur crushing debt and bankruptcy, or the costs will be passed on to those of us with insurance, thereby driving up the prices even higher. It’s a death spiral.
All the various methods the market has devised to control medical costs (read: pass those expenses on to consumers)–HMOs, PPOs, high deductible health plans, HSAs, etc., ad nauseam–have done nothing to reduce costs or moderate demand. Why? My position is simple: health care has become an entitlement.
Don’t blame me for this. I didn’t do it. But I think if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit that even you think of it this way. Unless you can honestly tell me that if your daughter were hemorrhaging, you wouldn’t rush her to the ER and demand treatment, even if you had no way to pay for it.
If that’s not the very definition of an entitlement, I don’t know what is.
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