LATEST SENATOR McCASKILL
WASHINGTON – Fixes to the country’s healthcare system were the focus of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at a Senate Finance Committee hearing this week. McCaskill, who has proposed a number of improvements to strengthen and improve healthcare, addressed the challenges and potential solutions to high premiums and a deep-pocketed pharmaceutical industry.
“Let me give you the example I give in my town halls,” McCaskill said. “There’s a 27-year-old man, he’s finally making enough money at a machine shop, where there’s no employer insurance, that he can afford one of two things: a monthly health insurance premium, or a monthly premium on a Harley-Davidson. And it probably won’t surprise you to guess that he takes the Harley-Davidson. He gets out on the highway, he gets cut off, he puts the bike on the pavement, he has traumatic brain injuries, and he’s Life Flighted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Nobody stops him in the parking lot, or as he comes into the emergency room and says ‘I’m sorry, you decided you would rather have a Harley than health insurance.’ We take him into the hospital and we give him $2 million dollars, minimum, of traumatic brain care. He goes bankrupt in ten minutes. What is the most efficient way to cover that bill?”
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