Healthcare

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.)

For a much more thorough examination of health care expenses in America, I recommend this series at The Incidental Economist: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/what-makes-the-us-health-care-system-so-expensive-introduction/
The Commonwealth Fund’s Study of Health Care Prices in the US: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Issue%20Brief/2012/May/1595_Squires_explaining_high_hlt_care_spending_intl_brief.pdf
Some of the stats in this video also come from this New York Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/health/colonoscopies-explain-why-us-leads-the-world-in-health-expenditures.html?pagewanted=all

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.
Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Question: I’m honestly surprised that the USA doesn’t have it already. They’re supposed to be so innovative and whatnot. But why does the general population of the US fear changing over to a universal healthcare system?

Answer: Universal healthcare is shit. There are many Canadians who come to the US for treatment, because of the 2 year+ waiting list for things like liver replacement in Canada, though hardly anyone seems to know this.
And my family is poor enough as it is. We can hardly pay our rent, why would we welcome more taxes? Because universal healthcare isn’t free. You do pay for it, just not at the time you go to the clinic. I once read this “Canada’s healthcare system is paid for by taxpayers, not patients”
EXCUSE ME? What the fuck? So no taxpayers are ever patients? Not a single patient is a taxpayer? Get real.
Its not free healthcare. Its healthcare you’re forced to pay for, whether you need it or not.
And why would I want to give my meager income up to pay for the healthcare of bums and drug addicts living off the welfare system?