This is some good stuff:
Health insurance companies are rapidly adopting a new pricing system for very expensive drugs, asking patients to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for prescriptions for medications that may save their lives or slow the progress of serious diseases.
With the new pricing system, insurers abandoned the traditional arrangement that has patients pay a fixed amount, like $10, $20 or $30 for a prescription, no matter what the drug’s actual cost. Instead, they are charging patients a percentage of the cost of certain high-priced drugs, usually 20 to 33 percent, which can amount to thousands of dollars a month.
I am suspicious about single payer, but as I have often stated, I think it is an inevitability- big businesses want it, the number of uninsured in this country is untenable, our national standards for care have been declining (and you can choose your own statistic- infant mortality and so on), so my personal opinions really don’t matter much. I think the only questions regarding single-payer in the US are when, and how bad will the special interests loot the treasury in the process (will it be another boondoggle like Bush’s welfare plan for big pharm?).
Regardless, when I read crap like this, my attitude is how can it be any worse than the current system?