Only Group Action Can Save Us From Runaway Costs
Health policy expert Brian Klepper of Fernandina Beach writes on The Health Care Blog that Steven Brill's Time magazine piece on predatory pricing of health-care goods and services is excellent as far as it goes. But it underestimates how difficult it would be to repair the damage that has been imposed on families, businesses and even national security by out-of-control costs, he writes.
The reason is that Congress won't change anything because members are in thrall to entrenched health-care interests, with eight lobbyists for each member. The only countervailing force that could stand up to the health-care lobby is everyone else -- those who pay for health care, especially big business -- and only if they work together.