The Unaffordable ACA
Premiums in NYC See Double-Digit Spikes
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  • lord acton

    Stein’s Law (named after Herb, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers): “If something cannot go on forever, it won’t go on forever.”

  • FriendlyGoat

    We’d be better served by an army of sleuths infiltrating the hospitals to compare the changes to line-item list prices on their secret “charge-master” schedules year by year. The prices charged by incorporated medical providers are the drivers of insurance rates, and the general public never gets a clear view of how those prices are raised. This includes doctor groups, hospitals, prescription drugs and skilled nursing.

    • LarryD

      Transparency will help only if combined with a free market.

      And I believe you seriously underestimate the costs of regulatory complience.

      And then there is the performance of the VA.

      • FriendlyGoat

        The REASON you do not have the beneficial effect of a free market in health care is because the pricing is all secret. Not only that, but people are hardly able to shop around when they are sick or injured.

        There is NO cost of regulatory compliance to having every price down to the last coton swab on providers’ websites every moment of every day including every secret discount offered to every employer group or insurance contract. The COST, Larry, is what we all pay for not doing these things.

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