When I go to McDonald’s I know how much my double cheeseburger is going to
cost me. Healthcare costs are more complicated than that, but their complexity is enhanced by
a twisted relationship between government, insurers, and providers. Capitalism is not being allowed
to operate effectively. Consumers cannot make good choices because they do not see all the costs
and, simultaneously, we are captive audiences. We want to practice preventative medicine but the whole system is such a pain in our backsides that we end up avoiding getting a check-up. Our campaign is focused first on making sure that consumers can make better choices. After we do that, we can have a more in-depth discussion about whether we should have more public options for healthcare insurance.