Why is healthcare a problem in the United States?
There are people who do not have health insurance and end up bankrupt when they get sick. They do not have insurance either because it isn’t provided by their employers, they can’t afford it, or they’ve been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
Why is health care so expensive here?
There are many many many theories. It isn’t because we consume more health care. It isn’t that we get sick more often. Prices are higher because they aren’t regulated. Prices for drugs and standard procedures vary widely based on prices negotiated by insurance companies, with the uninsured paying the most.
What’s your easy fix, already?!
Walmart. Yes, you heard me. There should be one very powerful buyer that can pressure healthcare providers to lower their prices so they operate on a razor thin margin in exchange for the guarantee of a large consumer base. This buyer can then pass on most of the savings to the consumer. Best of all, the healthcare-Walmart can offer both a la carte services and insurance, and match the price of any competitor! A proposal of this nature might be more popular than the current health care bill. It could even have the slogan “if it doesn’t save you money, you don’t have to use it.”