Daily Archives: September 30, 2013


Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Upworthy has the video and links in the article Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

In which John discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who’s at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It’s that one.)


Of course you are still free to have your own opinion despite what may be evidence to the contrary.


To save you the effort of tracking down the links mentioned in the video, here is the links section of the explanation of the video from YouTube.

For a much more thorough examination of health care expenses in America, I recommend this series at The Incidental Economist: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wor…
The Commonwealth Fund’s Study of Health Care Prices in the US: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/med…
Some of the stats in this video also come from this New York Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/hea…

This is the first part in what will be a periodic series on health care costs and reforms leading up to the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, in 2014.


Shutdown closer as GOP House clings together

In the NBC story Shutdown closer as GOP House clings together, President Obama put the whole matter to rest very succinctly.

In an afternoon interview with NPR News, Obama reiterated that any funding measure that involves major changes to Obamacare is a non-starter.

Asked what he can ‘offer’ towards a compromise – especially once the debate shifts to the debt ceiling — Obama insisted he should not have to negotiate over the issue.

“I shouldn’t have to offer anything,” he told radio host Steve Inskeep. “They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government, that’s not doing me a favor.”

When I was working in Oregon, I once joked to a customer in Massachusetts that I would be happy to help him if he flew me and my wife back to Massachusetts so I could help him in person.  Boy, did I catch hell from my boss, and rightly so.  All I could say when asked about it by my boss was the answer I learned to give while I was in the Army. “Gee, it sounded like a good idea at the time.”  Except, nobody was laughing.

Suffice it to say, I worked my ass off to solve the customer’s problem.