The Outrageously High Cost of American Healthcare

The Outrageously High Cost of American Healthcare

On January 24 I announced my candidacy in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate against the incumbent Deb Fischer who is doing nothing to reduce our badly out-of-control national debt and, in fact, just voted to increase it by $1 trillion over the next decade.
It is the high cost of government healthcare spending for Medicare, Medicaid and the tax exemption for employer-provided care which is the main driver of federal debt.

But now look at a recent report from Bloomberg Markets on the outrageously high cost of employer-provided health insurance for American workers:

  • The average worker paid $5,714 in 2017 out of a total cost of $18,764 for a family plan. Deductibles last year averaged $5,950 per individual and double that per family.
  • In the past five years insurance premiums increased by 19% while worker pay increased by 12% and inflation increased by just 6%.
  • A family of four paid $26,944 paid $26,944 for healthcare expenses (including out-of-pocket) last year which was 44% of median household income of $59,039.
  • Health insurance premiums are up 11% in 2018.

Conclusion. I have been predicting a fiscal crisis in the relatively near future over federal debt. But we actually have an immediate crisis on our hands over the outrageous cost of employer-provided healthcare.

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