We Either Solve The Health Monopoly Problem Or We Watch Our Economy Die

Expensive Medicine

Still No Discussion Of The Real Problem

This morning features people talking about how we should move to “single payer” on Health Care, leaving many (including me) to wonder was that the scam all along?
By the way, if you’re in that camp and think this would be a good idea, I hope you’ve done what I’ve done — and both gotten rid of any excess body mass, are eating actual food (no HFCS, no hydrogenated crap, etc) and have accepted that if you got a bad draw in the genetic lottery you’re mortal and are going to die sooner than you’d like.Why?  Because that’s what single-payer will mean for you — and everyone else.  The exception?  People like Rendell, who was on the boob tube this morning advocating this path forward.

Nobody in these discussions, save myself and a literal handful of others, are talking about breaking up the monopolies and imprisoning those who have and are driving up the ridiculous cost of health care.  Such as, for example, the companies suing Maine because it won’t prevent its residents from reimporting legitimate (not counterfeit) drugs from outside the United States.

Healthcare Monopoly

What should happen is that the organizations that filed that suit should be hit immediately with a Racketeering and Sherman Act complaint, naming not only the organization but their officers and directors in their personal capacity.

The potential for a decade where their gaydar will be exercised on a daily basis, not to mention million dollar fines per occurrence would certainly get their attention.

ObamaScare is a disaster and is going to get worse.  The impact on the economy has already been material (look at the participation rate; it has not moved) and those believe these factors are unrelated are nuts.  As a former CEO I will point out that you cannot put this sort of effective tax on an operation and not have it factor into hiring.

Further, the CBO says that a family of 4 has a decent shot at seeing $20,000 worth of health expenses annually within the next four years.  How many families of four have $20,000 a year to spend on this?  Very few — you can buy a $300,000 house, all-in (including insurance and property taxes) in many parts of the country for that sort of money, which is well above the median price.

We either solve the health monopoly problem — here and now — or we watch our economy die.

It’s that simple.

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