"Make no mistake, the U.S. health care system is a mess. It’s a stubborn mess that has resisted attempts to clean it up. For one, the sheer cost of the U.S. health care system today is simply staggering.
Our national health care expenditure (NHE) is about $3.6 trillion a year. We spend more than $10,000 a year on health care for every man, woman, and child in the country. It represents about 18 percent of our gross domestic product, and our NHE is growing at a rate of about 5 percent every year.
As Lynn Jennings, CEO of WeCare TLC, said last year, “When an employer sits down with his health care providers – the broker, the health plan, the physician, the hospital, the drug and device firms – everyone in the room wants it to cost more, and they’re all positioned to make that happen.”1 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will not, as it currently stands, have a substantial positive effect on our NHE. For the first few years, NHE will be basically neutral, maybe slightly positive.2 By 2017, NHE will again grow for no other reason than the fact that the country is aging at a rate of 10,000 people hitting age 65 each day for the next 15 years.3 "
Folks, we cannot afford our health insurance. It should not cost 20% of our income or whatever it is over our lifetime. Are we supposed to go without?
What do you think about this whole mess? We are running doctors out of practice. I was raised beside three good doctors who gave us excellent care. They made more money than anyone else in our community but I can't say they died rich.
The greed in this country and putting me in front of you has really increased our cost of living. The best thing I can do is try to live as healthy as I can because I can't afford to get sick! Some of us have health problems from birth, though and that cost must be passed on.
I never worked this long and this hard to leave my 12 beautiful grand children in the mess they inherit. It is wrong, sinful, and disgraceful. The president doesn't have a very good track record but this could be his biggest failure. Pass a 2500 page bill before you study it? What a joke and what a mess.
What say you?