Everything We Believe About Healthcare is Wrong.

Via on Sep 16, 2013



This blew my mind.

We are letting our HMOs, drug companies and medical supply providers decide what our healthcare should cost us.

According to The New York Times:

The United States spends about 18 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, nearly twice as much as most other developed countries. The Congressional Budget Office has said that if medical costs continue to grow unabated, “total spending on health care would eventually account for all of the country’s economic output.” And it identified federal spending on government health programs as a primary cause of long-term budget deficits.

If we are serious about ending both individual and national debt, we need to take a look at our healthcare spending.

We need to shift our view of healthcare to preventative health measures and call loudly for reform.


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Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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8 Responses to “Everything We Believe About Healthcare is Wrong.”

  1. Kate, great topic. I spend out of pocket (and I have great insurance) for services like massage therapy—which, trust me, is saving my insurance company lots of money in the long run.
    Again, thanks for bravely sharing this piece.

  2. paul says:

    If you want to see the Medicare expansion/single-payer that would bring down health care costs across the spectrum of care, stop supporting those who keep it not just off the table but kicked out of the room (preferring a few thousand fingers on the dyke) and support those who will make it happen. This may mean supporting "unelectable" candidates, but consider that anyone "electable" will only continue our bankrupting system.

  3. Health insurance is one of the biggest reasons why spending for medical treatments grows unabated. Take it off and then you'll see people going to the doctor only when needed and taking only those treatments/diagnosis that are actually required.

  4. guest says:

    this guy made me nuts….yikes

  5. James Fraser says:

    He left out what is probably the largest single component of inefficiency- PROFITS!

  6. Jane Milliff says:

    As a Physical Therapist in private practice, I have seen insurance companies decrease payments for my services for years. The cost of health care keeps going up, but fast talker here is wrong, it is not because providers are getting rich. Drug companies yes, insurance companies, YES, but not providers of care.

  7. Great work, Kate, and thanks for sharing the video. It's very informative and I didn't know that we pay more tax than people in other countries (but they get better health care services.) We need reform.

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