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<free markets work pretty consistently, so maybe we should try that approach for a change.>

Warrl, I have a lot of respect for you, but you are young and you have obviously never needed serious health care.

It is impossible, let me repeat impossible , to have a free market without price discovery and comparison.

It is IMPOSSIBLE, let me repeat, IMPOSSIBLE, to discover the cost of any procedure from a hospital, even for elective procedures. Even for simple elective procedures, let alone complex procedures such as surgery with a hospital stay and diagnostic tests. Try phoning the billing department and you will get ZERO information. Only a gobbldeygook of "we don't know what billing codes will be used...we don't know how your insurance company will reimburse..." even if you are calling a participating provider.

What about if you had an emergency? Someone else has already pointed out the absurdity of price shopping when you are dying.

I wish you the very best of continued good health. But please do not suggest that a free market works for health care when you have never tackled our #$%*ed up system.

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