The problems with American healthcare are a result of too much of the wrong kind of capitalism

The problems with American healthcare are a result of too much of the wrong kind of capitalism. HMO’s, insurance companies, large for-profit hospital chains, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies are all at the trough, insinuating themselves into the system in order to profit. Only the pharma and medical device companies are necessary, and they need to be regulated more heavily from an economic standpoint. Why, for example, did we ever decide it was a good idea for drug companies to advertise on TV? It costs a lot of money, which flows through the system in the form of higher prices. And the demand those ads create is from people who for the most part really have no idea what they’re demanding, since most us aren’t doctors or scientists. So much of our healthcare system is baggage, baggage that increases costs while providing little if any benefit. Until we get our heads around the fact that *too much capitalism* is the reason our healthcare is so much more expensive than all our peer countries, things are going to deteriorate further. Trumpcare is more dogmatic-free-markets-can-fix-everything stupidity, and it infuriates me that we can’t seem to grasp this as a country.

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