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One Hospital Charges $8,000 ... Another Charges $38,000 for the Same Treatment?

The American health care system is truly nuts.

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Insurance companies and hospitals began turning into for-profit money making machines.

Doctors began forming their own practices as corporate entities, and physician costs began to soar.

Prescription drug companies began to squeeze every last penny out of the American public, and the costs of just about every other aspect of healthcare in America has skyrocketed since the Reagan era.

Now, what we are left with is a for-profit Reaganomics healthcare system that charges inexplicable rates for common every-day procedures and lets prescription drug companies fleece the wallets of Americans, while millions are forced to decide between life-saving healthcare or a life of poverty.

If healthcare were part of the commons, if we were to say that healthcare is a right in America instead of just a privilege, none of this would be happening.

We wouldn’t have a hospital in the Bronx, New York charging $7,000 for a treatment, and a hospital a few miles away charging thousands of dollars more for the same procedure.

It’s time to take the American healthcare system out of the hands of corporate profiteers and Wall Street tycoons, and put it back where it belongs, in the hands of the American people.

Thom Hartmann is an author and nationally syndicated daily talk show host. His newest book is "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America — and What We Can Do to Stop It."

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