As health care costs are on the steady rise, it’s clear that if right-wing media want to talk about America’s “spending problem,” they cannot ignore the fact that private sector insurance actually worsens our country’s debt.
Experts say “we spend twice as much per person on health care as other advanced countries, but we have worse health outcomes, including a lower life expectancy.” (Center for Economic and Policy Research)
This is particularly important as we look at Medicare and Medicaid health care costs. Nearly all health care services are provided by the private sector for these programs.
So, the next time your conservative friend wants to complain about the deficit, assure them that high private health care costs are coming right out of American taxpayers’ pockets.