Last month, just had a week's stint in the hospital for anemia. Bill was $24,000. The hospital hiked charges on everything. Drs. visited (and charged) everyday. A bottle of Ibuprofen costs, over the counter, perhaps $2/per 30 pills. A single Ibuprofen, in the hospital costs $2. Why?Of course we could have had a single payer. But Republicans care about health care company profits over the good of the average American. They can deny it, but it's fucked up when they say one thing and their policies say the exact opposite.At the end of this year, that option goes away. Employers are going to be required to pay 60% of an employees medical cost, they will also be required to pay a minimum coverage. How the 60% breaks down, it is up for interpretation.So tell your employer you don't want health care. Where I work, they have one level of health care so cheap, it's like having nothing at all.
I really don't understand any right winger complaining about jobs. They say government can't make jobs. They tried to put into office a man who was moving one of his companies to China the very month of the election and it was a company doing very well. But he could make a lot more paying people $15 or so a day with no benefits. I thought Republicans were really proud of such greed. Whaaaat? It's only good unless it affects you? Well that's not fair. It's either good or it isn't.
My company estimates another $1-$2 an hour more for each employee, about 100 employees. Say an added $1 per for everyone, an added $800 per day, $4000 a week $204,000 a year. Say the average worker gets $50,000 per year, that is four jobs, either not hired or cut, to save. That or raise prices in a competitive market where the average profit margin is 7%.
I'm not for moving companies overseas, but I'm worried we will take a hit in 2014 and the economy will be crippled worse than now.
Why did they order a CT Scan, which cost $2200, when a chest X-ray ( at $50)would have sufficed? Because doctors and providers (hospitals) are "on the take" and complicit in driving up healthcare costs, by prescribing unnecessary tests and procedures. Obamacare and Medicare work toward paying the actual costs of procedures, testing and hospital stays...but that all works against the drug, insurance and provider industries, which are all too willing to give kickbacks and perks to legislators (more often than not, Republicans) who side with them against the consumer patients.