I have a personal testimony concerning the cost of health care.
In 1979 I ended up with a mild case of blood poisoning from a puncture wound that later in the day became soaked in diesel fuel. I went to the emergency room right after work which was treat and release. Cost, 25.00 dollars.
In 1992 I again went to an emergency room for a treat and release (probably appendicitis).
Cost 150.00 dollars.
Around 2004 I ended up in the emergency room and was released again(this time under a doctors care) which I later had surgery.
Cost 1500.00 dollars, just for the emergency room.
The rate of inflation from 1978 till now would have made this last visit 75 dollars; a liberal figure, plus ex rays and tests.
1500.00 dollars is a 60x increase.
It is time to make it illegal for hospitals to be owned for profit any more.
Do the math people.