Tuesday, January 5, 2010
US Healthcare Costs Almost Literally off the Charts!
This chart is from Daily Kos. Echidne has an excellent post (she's an economist) discussing why we pay so much more for a significantly lower percentage of our population being covered, but here's my succinct breakdown: our system costs more because we have a for-profit consumer model verses a public utility model. That's it--and we need to change it. This healthcare bill is only the beginning in the reform movement. We can and we must eventually adopt a more progressive healthcare system or else our consumer power and the stability of the middle class will be wrecked for the 21st Century. I'm still advocating for a single-payer system. Paying twice as much for less is just STUPID.