I find it is despicable the House of Representatives is blaming the high cost of health care on the poor, elderly and chronically ill. They need to address the real reasons for increasing costs of health care, the increasing costs of health care.
Take drug costs, for starters. The total drug expenditures for 2015 in America rose 12.2 percent during the previous year. However, the real eye-popping facts are specialty drug costs are raising 20 percent per year, and will comprise half of the total drug expenditures within a few years. Specialty drugs are those drugs that cost more than $1,000 per month. I take a specialty drug, and it has allowed me to continue the career I have been doing for the last 43 years.
There are ideas on how to address these costs including:
-- Allowing Medicare to put drugs up for bid.
-- Make importing prescriptions from other countries legal.
-- Make it illegal for drug companies to charge Americans more for drugs than they do for citizens of other countries.
We need to address costs, and not just shift those costs to those who can least afford them.
-- Michael Bernhardt, Park City