The reason why we have the most expensive healthcare in the world

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    For every member of Congress, there were eight lobbyists working to influence health care reform last year, according to research by The Center for Public Integrity.

    That's about 4,525 total lobbyists from 1,750 companies that include 207 hospitals, 105 insurance companies and 85 manufacturing companies.

    The biggest group by far were the trade and advocacy organizations, which accounted for a whopping 745 companies lobbying for their own vision of health care in the US.

    Lobbying run amok: Eight health care lobbyists for every member of Congress | Raw Story
     
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    We have the most expensive health care system in the word because pious do-gooding little dickweeds like you want free everything for everyone, at the expense of everyone else.
     
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    No, it's because idiots like you are carrying water for the healthcare lobbyists who are ripping us off.
     
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    Yeah....Lobbyists are the only reason.

    Does one get used to the excruciating pain that chronic stupidity must certainly inflict upon a body?
     
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    Chumps. All of us. We're letting the horn-dogs guard the cat-house.

    We must look so stupid from space.......​

     
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    You do realize that you and your ilk were lobbying Congress all last year to pass this monstrousity, don't you?

    You also understand, that Americans have a right to talk to their representatives and organize into groups in order to further their viewpoints don't you?

    You also realize that none of these groups would be lobbying Congress if you weren't trying to mess with the healthcare industry and simply followed the Constitution, don't you?

    Who am I kidding, why would you know any of this stuff?
     
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    actually, it's because leeches like you don't buy insurance, kirky.
     
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    That may be part of it but it's certainly not all of it. Another big chunk of our health care costs is because we are the source of the bulk of the innovations in treatment in drugs and that costs money. The reason health care is cheaper in other countries is because we do all the work for them especially in the area drugs.

    Complain all you like about the higher cost of care here, just realize you can't have it both ways. You can't pile on the restrictions on pharmaceutical companies and hospitals in the name of low cost to the consumer and expect them to continue to crank out the life improving, life saving treatments and drugs at they rate they have.
     
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    Horseshit.

    The reason healthcare is cheaper in other countries is because they use effective cost savings techniques that work better and cheaper.

    And drugs don't make people healthier.
     
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    Why should I pay someone to lobby Congress to deny me coverage?

    That would be stupid.
     

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