I went to a 7:30 a.m. meeting today on health care reform, sponsored by the Fremont Chamber. I’m deciding whether or not I can put everything I heard into a coherent story, which is tough because I’ve mostly been ignoring the health care debate other than YouTubing videos of Pete Stark talking about bodily functions.
Washington Hospital Doctor Joseph Andresen gave a report, which I wish I could post on here.
1) Per capita, the U.S. spends $6,567 on health care costs, which is the most in the world and more than $2,000 more than the number two country, Switzerland.
2) Average worker premiums have gone up from 5,791 in 1999 to $13,375 this year. Workers’ contributions have more than doubled from $1,543 to $3,515.
3) During that time period, inflation is 29 percent, but the cost of health care premiums have increased 119 percent.