Healthcare costs rise because of government

Posted: March 29, 2010 in economy, finances, healthcare, politics, rants
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Why is it so hard for people to see the government’s culpability in rising healthcare costs? Is it because they don’t wanna see?

Consider this: by the White House’s own admission, the government controls $.49 of every $1 spent on healthcare thru Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. Medicare & Medicaid reimburse physicians at lower rates than private insurers. Lower reimbursement rates lead doctors to increase costs to private insurers to make up the difference. Increased cost to private insurers lead to increased rates for consumers.

Again, why is it so hard for people to see this simple logic? The thought that more government control over healthcare will lower costs is counterintuitive.

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