What Kevin Drum says:
One of the reasons America spends so much more than any other country on healthcare is because upwards of 30% of our expenditures are for paper shufflingThis is a point that is very hard to get through to Americans who have been brainwashed to believe anything that isn’t 100% free-market based has to –just HAS TO – be less efficient and more expensive. That, of course, is nonsense but it’s really hard to get past that reflexive reaction when you start talking about a single-payer system of healthcare. Sadly, even getting beyond this misconception leaves one with a whole list of other myths, half-truths and outright lies to overcome.
by insurance companies doing their best to deny treatment whenever possible. By
contrast, administrative costs in countries where there's only one paper shuffler — and it's not trying to make a profit from its shuffling — are closer to 10%.
Battling cancer is bad enough. Why should cancer patients have to battle private insurance companies as well?