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Ok, but something will be sacrificed lowering prices. It's like the North Carolina state income tax constitutional amendment we just voted on lowering it from 10% to 7%. Sounds great, but something else is now being cut. Are roads, schools or whatever not being updated or fixed because we just lowered our state tax 3%?Regulate hospitals/medicine better to keep prices down, since a lot of this stuff is not that expensive. A hospital stay, and other medical procedures/imaging, are absurdly more expensive in the United States compared to other countries. This paints a pretty thorough picture:
"For example, a hospital stay costs an average of $1,825 in Spain, $5,004 in Germany and an average of $15,734 in the U.S. An appendectomy ranges from an average of $1,030 in Argentina, to $5,509 in Chile, to an average of $13,003 in the U.S. The survey also found that the cost of a widely prescribed drug like Nexium can range from $69 in Switzerland to $193, the average cost in the U.S."
This is from 2012. Things aren't better. Cheaper services would mean cheaper healthcare for everybody.
Same goes for lowering health care costs, which I agree with you, they are out of fucking control. But, we lower them, then what? Someone, or something, or some institution now isn't getting their funds to continue their research for cancer curing drugs, or whatever. I can tell you this, there is a reason people come here for surgeries instead of getting it done in their countries. Price be damned, they come here to get their procedures done. I know the argument can be made that people from the US go overseas for non FDA approved surgeries, but in my experience, and I've been south of the border and north of the border, I can say without question, I want my life in the hands of hospitals and surgeons in this country. Without question. Sometimes you gotta pay to play. It's a fact of life.
I think it's a good idea and a discussion needs to be started in the federal government to have some sort of universal health care or government fund/bonds whatever for the poor or unfortunate to be able to get the help they need. I mean there are families out there that need to have procedure done or medicine for their children and can't get it because it's too expensive. That's soul crushing for me to think about. But what I do not want is like I said earlier, paying for people who have no idea what birth control is to have their 4-7 kids when they can't afford to have 1 child, let alone 5 of them. That shit needs to end, now.
But again, I'm not paying for it. I pay enough. If they can figure out a way to pay for it without raising my taxes, I'll listen for sure.