I think we ought to be focusing a lot less on who and how we pay and start focusing on why health care costs so much in the first place and when and why we treat people.
One of the networks ran a story the other evening on families hit hard by medical emergencies. One of the families had a son who was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer. Their insurance capped out when his bill totaled $2M. They were left with a balance not covered of around $100K, and his cancer is now in part remission.
So I've got a couple questions. First, why does it cost $2M to treat (not cure) a cancer patient? Assuming he was treated daily for a full year that amounts to $5,500 per day. Second, why are we spending $2M to treat, but not cure, somebody with inoperable brain cancer? I'm sure he's a nice guy and all. But seriously, sometimes it might be better just to say 'Sorry, tough break... here's some pain killers.'