Appendix Removal: Huge Sticker Shock

United States
April 23, 2012 3:54pm CST
Okay, I know its Yahoo. But finally someone started looking at prices for the same procedure in hospitals. The results aren't shocking because it is something I have been saying all along about Obamacare. The reason it fails on cost controls is because nowhere in that 2000 page document is legislation that gives the Government the power to actually regulate the prices on medical procedures. That's the major difference between the Obamacare setup and the rest of the socialized medicine world (Japan, Canada, Britain, yes even Australia). Hence, Obamacare will do absolutely nothing to control your health care costs whatsoever. http://news.yahoo.com/appendix-removal-huge-sticker-shock-study-200226924.html
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
23 Apr 12
Government involvement begets government involvement. Just as I was rambling about in another poster's discussion about essentially creating money to basically give out: You need more and more and more and more government intervention along every single conceivable step of the road to make sure it never spirals out of control. We'd need cost control for procedures and medications and salaries. Then we'd need limits on the care. Then we'd need more forced revenue to make up any shortfalls. And all the while there'd be a thousand new books of regulations out every year to limit any competition in care but to force competition in generic medications. And on and on and on... At the end of the day, somebody might be able to hang their hat on the fact that medical care is "free" or more affordable. But wtf has been traded for it? By the time the new blob is created in the medical industry, it will be worse than the blob killing public education. Who the hell are they going to blame when liberal expanse ruins something else? There won't be anything left that they're not already in control of.
• United States
24 Apr 12
It is kind of ironic isn't it? What they really needed to keep the costs of health care down got completely left out. Yet, it is this fundamental control of prices that is really what is keeping costs down in other countries. I can see health care morphing into another complex tax-like system which even the IRS agents can't keep straight. There will be so much paperwork that health care will collapse under the weight.
• United States
24 Apr 12
Yes. For some odd reason, when we want things to be "fair" and want to bring costs down, etc, we LOVE to complicate things. A flat tax that had a little progressive tinge would be perfect for everyone. Our brilliant government instead creates a book of regulations bigger than my mattress, and keeps...adding...to...it...every...single...year! I agree fully that our healthcare system will collapse under its own weight. Maybe other countries with exceedingly smaller populations, more border regulation, less of a lucrative career in politics, etc, can institute a taxpayer-funded, government-controlled healthcare system and only have to deal with a lower quality of care and longer waiting times and a shortage of specialists. We're going to have those problems plus an additional thousand per capita thanks to our inept blob of bureaucracy. Government trying to "fix" something here scares the hell outta me.