The President is surrounded by people who have taken a vow of silence on healthcare pricing.
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Steven I. Weissman is an attorney practicing law in South Florida.
He authored a proposed opt-out organ donation system, which some call “presumed consent,”
designed to ease the shortage of human organs for transplantation. The U.S. National Heart
Transplantation Study (1984/85 at page 33-84, note 92), expressly states that it “heavily” relied
upon Weissman’s opt-out proposal. Initially considered a radical idea, presumed consent for
organ donation has been adopted by at least 25 other nations and it is gaining mainstream support
in the U.S.
In 2013, when a long time client and friend died, Weissman was asked to serve as interim
president of an established 247 bed acute care hospital client had founded in Miami-Dade
County, Florida. The insider’s view of the U.S. healthcare system motivated Weissman to
become an energetic advocate for pricing reform.
He has written on healthcare and non-healthcare legal topics and served as an adjunct professor
at both the University of Miami School of Law and Nova University Graduate Management Program.
In 1964, health care was one-third the cost of an average family's housing and utility bills. Today, health care is equal to the entire cost of housing and utility bills. This disaster has been enabled by ongoing political corruption. The industry spends more on lobbying than the defense, aerospace and oil and gas industries -- combined.
Perhaps Mr. Putin might consider releasing the total cost projections for this coming weeks’ proposed Obamacare repeal and replace legislation – we’re not going to get it from anyone associated with our government.
The GOP and the teary eyed Dems are working in concert to protect a corrupt system of pricing of medical services. It is the political hoax of all time.
When President Clinton took office in 1993, total healthcare costs were 12.5% of GDP; by 2001, when Bush took office it was 14%; Obama came in at 17.3%; and, Trump at 18%. (See NHE Tables.) The current official projection is that medical pricing will continue to drive increases in total costs which will rise to 20% of GDP within 10 years.
Todays’ House action shows that when it comes to health reform, our elected representatives know one song Everything Old is New Again. Whether it’s called Obamacare or Trumpcare, healthcare is the only consumer product or service sold in the USA that is exempt from ‘legitimate’ pricing or any form of consumer protection.
Perhaps inadvertently, but as sure as day follows night, the Grand Old Party may shove single payer socialized medicine down America’s throat.
The Republican health reform plan revealed Monday afternoon suffers the same fatal flaw as Obamacare, mistakenly focusing on the cost of insurance. It’s like getting financing so you can afford to pay $500,000 for a junked automobile. Only big government shops this way.
The same stewards that allow outrageous invoices to the U.S treasury, permitted healthcare pricing to become a direct to consumer scam. It’s a swindle of epic proportion, reminiscent of big government’s continuous spending scandals.
The U.S. is currently ranked 31st in the world for life expectancy – behind Chile and Costa Rica. We achieved this sad result while spending 50% more per person on healthcare than the second most expensive nation on earth (France).