Why is Health Insurance so Expensive in the U.S.?
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- Relative Cost of Healthcare
- PBS: Health Costs: How the U.S. Compares With Other Countries
- NPR: What The Antitrust Exemption For Health Insurers Means
- Aniti-trust Law Exemptions
- Is Insurance Really Exempt from the U.S. Antitrust Laws?
- NYT: Are Insurance Companies Still Exempt From Antitrust Laws?
- Is the Antitrust Division Starting a Broad Investigation of Price Fixing in the Generic Pharmaceuticals Market?
- Widespread Criminal Activity
- Big Pharma criminality no longer a conspiracy theory: Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record
- NYT: Political Ties of Top Billers for Medicare
- After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Miedical Bill From Doctor He Didn't Know
- Why It's so Hard to Fix Medicare Fraud
- No Cost Controls
- Scorpion antivenin: $100 in Mexico, $12,000 in U.S.
- Pharma wins another round in fight against dreaded drug reimportation
- WSJ: Small Slice of Doctors Account for Big Chunk of Medicare Costs
- The ObamaCare Effect: Hospital Monopolies
- Athenahealth CEO said he pulls numbers 'out of his a--'
- WSJ: Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts
- Politico: Hospital Consolidation: is it Raising Costs?
- WSJ: Humana Considers Sale of Company
General Background Video on Healthcare
John Gruber on the Affordable Care Act
"This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK? So it's written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed. OK? Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass. Look, I wish ... we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not." ... “The only way we could take it on was first by mislabeling it, calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people when we all know it's really a tax on people who hold those insurance plans.” ... “We just tax the insurance companies, they pass it on in higher prices that offsets the tax break we get. …It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”