Quote from jmckeith
well said chihmom8. you hit the nail on the head with this quote "well, i do know why, they have a huge lobby in dc and contribute a lot of money to our politicians' campaigns". this is perhaps the biggest problem we have in getting effective legislation passed by our government.
it was reported on a pass lou dobbs show (cnn), that the drug industry has two (2) lobbyist, per company, for every member of congress. that is scary.
it is very scary. it is also sad as obviously the best interest of the american people is not really their first priority. i do find it interesting that "big business" ie banks, mtg co, ins cos, car manfucturers, oil cos, are being scrutinized, regulated and their execs put on a monetary leash, however, drug companies and their ceo's are not even mentioned. just another reason i believe that our 2 party political system has failed. our founding fathers did not intend for a 2 party run government system. but, that is a whole other issue. sorry, history major/degree in past life...lol!
the other issue not discussed is tort reform. yet another example of a powerful lobby (lawyers) in dc. not to mention the fact that the majority of our representatives in dc are lawyers. tort reform will never happen in this country. yet another big issue effecting the cost of healthcare that is not being addressed. while i believe that there needs to be relief for those harmed by medical professionals, i do think legal action is abused in this country. i come from a family of phsyicians, dentists, etc. malpractice insurance
is outrageous, especially in the ob/gyn field. just because you can sue, doesn't necessarily mean you always should sue. when i see those class action commercials on tv trolling for litigants it turns my stomach!
i am glad that obama is opening the discussion and, at least at present, seems to want an open dialog with the healthcare industry. however, i really don't see true reform unless these other issues are also addressed.