My father died of cancer eight years ago. I helped my mother sort out his medical bills and it was terrible...
My mother fell down her stairs this year and we are dealing with her medical bills now. Between my mother and I we have spent 30 hours trying to sort out her medical bills and we are no where near done yet...
I am not sure how to fix our health care system. I do know that it is broken and that it is going to get much worse.
My main fear is that Democrats and Republicans will either ignore the problem or will try to make "minor adjustments" in an attempt to fix a system that is broken. Minor adjustments will NOT fix the problem.
Here are some more statistics for you:
Most sources say that between 25% and 31% of the total cost of health care is PAPERWORK.
According to Milliman Inc, in 2005 the average family on a PPO plan spent a total of $12,214 on health care. This includes out of pocket expenses. This does NOT count the amount of time spent dealing with bills, etc.
Health care spending amounted to:
1970 7% of the total economy
2006 16% of the total economy
2015 20% of the total economy
Here are some of the problems of this health care crisis:
The Government spends ABOUT 1/2 of the total cost and this will contribute to increasing the national debt to unacceptable levels.
About 47 million Americans do not have health insurance, and this will increase because more and more people cannot afford it.
More and more employers will drop health insurance for current employees and retirees. This is already happening and the 2003 Medicare Drug plan has only accelerated this trend. This will cause the government to pay for even more of the burgeoning health care burden. This will also cause more and more jobs to go overseas.
I see only two solutions and I am not real happy with either one.
Unfortunately for America; neither Reps nor Dems have the courage to adopt either method...