Francesca Fiorentini, the host of “Red, White and Who?” on MSNBC and Newsbroke on AJ+, has nicely explained how US healthcare has become dysfunctional and how it has become dangerous due to lack of transparency.
She wrote about how healthcare in the United States is so confusing and circuitous that it often feels like a big secret.
Even with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare, more than 30 million Americans are without health insurance. And even if you’ve considered buying plans through the ACA, you will find they are costly.
Fiorentini says, “Meanwhile, 14 Republican-led states are still refusing to expand Medicaid as stipulated in the ACA, even though the federal government would pay for 90 percent of the cost. Why? Something about ‘repeal and replace’ or ‘socialism.’ It’s hard to keep track.”
The host traveled to Texas, New York, and Utah for her new MSNBC special “Red, White, and Who?”
She found that every single person she spoke with, irrespective of their job, socioeconomic status or even political affiliation, had one thing in common – “healthcare in one of the most advanced countries in the world is ridiculously, hopelessly complicated.”
Fiorentini talked with several patients and found that Americans believe that “a massive simplification of our health care system is far overdue.”
Eventually, she realized that US healthcare is often “overpriced” and even “dysfunctional.” However, it can be the most dangerous due to a lack of transparency.
Fiorentini writes, “It’s also strange that in a country that loves the free market as much as we do, we the consumer have no idea how much anything costs when we walk into a hospital.”
“Why would we? Our health is priceless, so we are simply at the mercy of an ineffective system. That is unless we fight for something different,” she added. You can read more on nbcnews.com.