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US Health Care Costs

According to journalist Steven Brill, the Affordable Care Act changes some of the rules about who pays for what in health care, but a basic problem remains: the cost. In a lengthy cover story for Time Magazine, he explains why labs, drug companies, hospital administrators and the purveyors of medical equipment make so much money. He also explores why doctors who don’t game the system are getting squeezed and why patients, especially those under 65, are left holding the bag. Join us to talk with Steven Brill about why we pay so much for health care in the U.S. and what we can do about it.

Bitter Pill: The Exorbitant Prices Of Health Care

Steven Brill talks to TIME about his cover story on the outrageous pricing and egregious profits that are destroying our health care.


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