Promise of price cut on hospital bills in health care law is in limbo

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  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 23, 2013 8:04 p.m.

    Worf- Congress spent it all giving away "free stuff" to get themselves reelected.

    It has been truly said that "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money to spend."

    In this case, they are just "spending" hospitals' money by depriving them of the ability to charge what they want (and generally NEED) to charge to remain profitable and in business.

    Anyone in Congress or the Obama administration who demands that hospitals give stuff away should be encouraged to start a hospital of their own and see what it costs. Brick and mortar, insurance, staffing, janitorial, consumables, medications (that run out of shelf life...), administrative overhead to ensure compliance with all the rules, lawyers, fund raising, paying off nuisance lawsuits (often cheaper than fighting them even if clearly not culpable), and possibly savings for expansion or future expenses and maybe even a profit for investors.

    If you thought health care was expensive before, just look at it now that it is "free!"

    And, see if you can even get an appointment in 10 years as doctors quit and refuse to take new Medicare patients which cost more to treat than they will be paid.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 23, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    Our national debt is enough to pay every ones health insurance for twenty years, college tuition, make every American family millionaires, and pay off all our war debts. We would still have a surplus.

    So! What happened to all this money?