Monday Morning Open Thread

March 11, 2013

What’s up?

For those of you who have as many gripes about our healthcare system as I do, you have got to read this cover story in Time. Writer Steven Brill spent seven months uncovering a very basic question: why does healthcare in the United States cost so damn much? As it turns out, the answer is much more complicated than private health insurance companies charging outrageous premiums. Medicare is the hero here — Brill even suggests lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to reduce the deficit! — because it doesn’t give into arbitrary, so-called “charge master” fees by the hospitals. As it turns out, it has many more controls for fraud than the private heath insurance companies do. This article is long, but trust me, it’s worth a read!

In other health news: People who start to drink younger are more likely to become binge drinkers, according to a study in the U.S. Health and Human Services newsletter.

In celebrity gossip break: Word is Elisabeth Hasselbeck is getting the boot from The View because the public isn’t digging her conservative viewpoint. What say you?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?