Potentially egregious anti-trust violations in the insurance industry should not be permitted, and the government should be given the power to protect the public from harmful behavior that drives up prices.
Sure, the high end U.S. prices still blow everyone out of the water for Pap smears, and beat all but Australia for the throat culture, but take a look at the low-end U.S. average for both tests. The U.S. prices actually look reasonable.
People are saying that health care reform is going to break the bank. No. Health care costs are what might bankrupt us. I am all in favor of reducing those, but railing against the cost of reform while ignoring all the rest is willful ignorance.
The ad encapsulates everything that's wrong the health care system: consumers are insulated from the costs of their care, providers are motivated to make a profit, and Wilford Brimley looks like a walrus.
Starting today and running into the beginning of next week, I'm going to be making some pretty charts that demonstrate just how the U.S. stacks up against its counterparts among rich, industrialized nations.
I was wrong to think that no Republican would vote for reform. I was wrong to think that Baucus had been wasting his time. I was wrong to assume that there was no point to negotiating or giving up anything.
I recognize I'm not going to convince all of you to become single-payer supporters through a post here. I've learned to live with that. We will disagree as to the best solutions. But can we at least agree that there is a problem?