The Affordable Care Act is based on the belief that our current system of health care is a mess and only the government can fix it efficiently. This...
Although clearly listing prices & competition are good ideas, you fail to address the main reason Health Care costs are spiraling out of control - the whole paradigm of how we pay for medical services is broken. The consumer of the services (the patient) is not the customer of their provider (the doctors). A 3rd party, (the insurance company), is. Nobody cares if an MRI costs $500 or $50,000 if all they pay is a $20 co-pay! An oil change would cost $500, not $20, if auto insurance was paying for it. The best way to control health care costs is to remove the Insurance industry from the equation for all but catastrophic situations. People looking to save their own money + increased competition would drive the costs way down.
With the future of the Affordable Care Act resting on the decision of the Supreme Court as early as next week, the future of American health care generally is up in the air. If the Act (or significant portions of it) is struck down, there will be a legislative rush to erect something new from its rubble. Unfortunately, hasty legislation is often bad legislation, so we need to consider alternatives now.
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