OK, I’ll bite on that one.
Once upon a time, there was a silly country we’ll call Murca. And the country of Murca just loved and loved their wealthy people. Murca loved the wealthy so much, they let them do whatever they wanted.
And the wealthy bought all the public hospitals, and Murca called it good. And the wealthy bought all the drug companies, and Murca called it good. And the wealthy bought out all the non-profit insurance companies, and Murca still called it good, though a few noticed that this was the same counter party taking both sides of a deal.
But they were shouted down, and Murca declared that it was good, because MURCA WAS THE BESTEST!
After a while, the people of Murca noticed they were paying more and more for medical insurance. And the BIG GUYS on the board of the insurance companies said "Don’t blame us, it’s due to Hospitals increasing prices. And the BIG GUYS at the Hospitals had increased prices, but they said “Don’t blame us, the cost of medical supplies of every kind have shot up like crazy, but especially drugs”. And the drug prices had gone up, but the BIG GUYS on the drug company boards said “Research costs a lot and we make more new drugs than ANYBODY!” And a few noticed that most of the “new” drugs were actually old drugs with new packages or different inert ingredients, and little or no research or approval was involved.
But they were shouted down, and Murca declared that it was good, because MURCA WAS THE BESTEST EVER WITH THE BESTEST MEDICAL CARE EVER!
Though a few did notice that the wealthy were now going to Sweden for their care.
And the price of insurance increased every year, and the cost of drugs increased every year, and it now cost 25$ and five doctor visits to get a two cent aspirin in a hospital. But Murca still called it good.
And then, one day, a brave woman stepped up and said “THIS IS NOT GOOD!”
And the people could not believe this. And they cried out in shock, “WHY IS THIS NOT GOOD?”
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