Our Healthcare Is Too Damn Expensive!

An interview with David Dayen, Austin Frerick and Dean Baker on bringing costs down.

By: Austin C. Yenne

 

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Since the landmark Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 more than 20 million people have applied for and gained insurance. That number continues to grow as more states choose to expand their medicaid coverage. While that is quite an accomplishment and something to recognize, a problem still remains with an estimated 40 million Americans without health insurance or underinsured. This can be seen when one in three campaigns started on GoFundMe are for healthcare costs.

While our political leaders continue to debate on how best to address these issues; whether it be tweaking the Affordable Care Act, adding a public option of some sort or moving to a national single payer healthcare system. I wanted to look into some areas that often aren’t talked about on a national stage. I reached out to co-founder of Center for Economic Policy Research Dean Baker, freelance journalist David Dayen and Open Markets fellow Austin Frerick to hear about some reforms we can make to our current system that would lower costs.

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If you’d like to keep up with Austin Frerick’s latest work you can follow him on twitter here.

If you want to read more about David Dayen’s reporting on healthcare concentration and pharmaceutical benefit managers you can check it out here, here and here. You can also follow David on twitter here to keep up with his latest work.

To read more about Dean Bakers work on patent reform and making drugs cheaper you can find it here or if you want to read his latest book Rigged(It’s free!) and learn more about other areas of our economy you can check it out here. You can also follow Dean on twitter here.