Saturday July 15, 2017
With all the debate lately, it seems that no one in Washington (Republicans and Democrats alike) has focused on the real problem with our health care system - and a reasonable solution.
In her recently published book, "An American Sickness," Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal puts her finger squarely on both the problem and the solution. In short, the problem is that the primary motivation in the U.S. health care system is profit. Rosenthal documents that the blame for this lies in virtually every sector from the pharmaceutical industry to nonprofit hospitals to device companies to insurance carriers.
The solution is clear. What this country needs is a single-payer system.
Sadly, this solution will not be seriously considered by our legislators. They continue to pursue approaches that will reduce the number of patients covered, increase costs (particularly to those who need insurance most), leave those with pre-existing conditions without coverage and pass on tax breaks to the rich.
Profit motive at root of health care woes