“Per Karl Denninger. market-ticker.org”
Exactly what Ms Barnhardt was saying in her post this morning, as per my post #14.
The damn insurance companies and that whole racket use price fixing, gauging, and collusion to what amounts to ‘legalized’ extortion now that the government has gotten involved! There’s absolutely no reason many, if not most, of the treatments, procedures, medications, etc. should cost as much as we are being charged if this racket was broken apart and the free market was allowed to flourish.
I’m personally dealing with an allegedly very aggressive cancer. I’m FAR from wealthy, but I refused to sign up for Obamacare. There’s a number of reasons, but my principles won’t allow me to take part in this corrupt system, enriching those in the racket at the expense of those who pay far more taxes than I. But that’s not the point. For example, I’m SLOWLY paying off an MRI. When I went in for the MRI (which took 10 minutes, once they finally got to me) I received a bill for about $5500. That MRI machine costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $1million. It’s being used non-stop every day. At $5500 for 10 minutes of use, it doesn’t take long to pay that machine off. Sure, there’s other costs such as maintenance, the salary of the operator, etc., but there’s no reason the patient cost isn’t closer to $275 as Denninger points out, except for the involvement of The Racket!
Again, the specialists say I need a surgery. I asked what that would cost if I paid cash: $28,000. It generally requires (but never did before) a machine that costs $1million. The machine gets used every day, all day, by multiple doctors. Like the MRI, it gets paid off fairly quickly. Yes, the surgon has a unique skill set, started out with a mountain of education debt (a whole other topic), but charges significantly MORE (@$60,000) than the $28,000 cash price when it’s billed out through The Racket.
But what gets me the most angry, is when I first was seeking out a doctor to perform the surgery, I was referred to a guy working in a large hospital. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to go meet him, just to see if I liked the guy and would trust him with my life. I made it abundantly clear that all I wanted to do was just meet the guy. I drove the 5-1/2 hours to his location, spent a few hours filling out lots and lots of papers at various stations, then had an intern come visit me to ask more questions, and finally met the doctor. After talking with him for a maximum of 10 minutes, my visit was over. A week or so later I received a bill for that visit for right at about $350!!! All so I could just meet the guy. Because The Racket is involved, they get away with billing out that much. It’s nuts!!!!
All that was over a year ago, and I’m still here. My health is declining, but I’m not fearful, because I have absolute faith in Christ. I obviously have quite an interest in what these retarded Uniparty fools come up with, and so far they seem to just want more of the same, but with a different label. They don’t care, because they’ll be exempt from whatever turd they serve up to the American (and illegal) public. They get their ‘special’ gifts from those in The Racket to vote a certain way ensuring The Racket can continue to fill their coffers. It’s immoral, it’s unlawful, and it’s unconstitutional, and it needs to be repealed immediately. THEN they ‘could’ start working on the solution.