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If ACA succeeds in bringing some real competition to insurance , premiums may go down a bit, but no matter who pays or how it's paid for the real costs of health care is the main problem. The whole point I'm trying to make is that it's hard to know which is the greatest cause of high costs when almost nobody knows what the real costs are when prices billed have so little connection with costs! Where do we start?
Posted by krlklar
I understand what you're getting at, but I have to believe it's just that good old American free enterprise to make money that is the cause. Hopefully the ACA brings competition and insurance to more people, very few individuals would be affected by high medical costs. Provider costs no doubt would remain the same, but for the patient, costs should come down. And people would be healthier.
Posted by TxGrandpa2
Not the way it works. If everybody had Medicare and Medicare only pays the sometimes fraction of the billed amounts as it does, Many hospitals and doctors would go out of business. Price fixing has never worked for long. Free enterprise doesn't work without controls if resources are limited or monopolies control prices.