Each step introduces another for-profit player—from drug manufacturer to insurance company to PBM—trying to maximize its own profits.
These tax cuts were never designed to help the middle class. These tax cuts were designed as a gift to the wealthy to create an excuse to slash essential programs.
The way to fix health care for all people — not just those who are employed by monolithic corporations — is to de-commercialize the health insurance system.
Pharmaceutical companies have found loopholes in the current law that allow them to artificially extend their patents, keeping prices high for desperately needed medicines.
If congressional Republicans want to encourage businesses to expand their markets and create jobs, they’re not looking in the right place.
On average, Americans pay twice as much for life-saving drugs as consumers in other developed countries. It doesn’t have to be this way, but unfortunately, Azar might think so.
“The Republican budget not only restricts access to affordable, quality healthcare, but it also fails to fix fundamentally correctable costs in the US health system.”
The President is now trying to force people to bend to his will by using the destruction of the healthcare system as a bargaining chip.
At the end of the day, we are spending significantly more on health care than any other country in the world, have coverage that is far from universal, and are not producing better health results.
To make things worse, we are falling further behind.
As the structure of our economy and business-labor relations change, it’s clear that our healthcare system is falling behind.