Thursday, March 12, 2009

Two Numbers Reflect Sad State of Health Care Reform

Hospital uncompensated care reached $34 billion. Exxon's profit rose to $45.2 billion in 2008. For the fourth year in a row, one company's profit could've paid all bad bills for U.S. hospitals from the prior year, with almost $10 billion leftover.

For the last two decades, politicians ignored the will of the people. Elected leaders favored their corporate sponsors. Is the pattern broken? Nancy-Ann DeParle, the White House health care reformer, has deep for-profit healthcare roots. Time will tell.

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