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David Goldhill: "Health Care Killed My Father" (VIDEO)

David Goldhill wrote an article for the September issue of the Atlantic magazine called "How American Health Care Killed My Father."

In the story, Goldhill, former president and CEO of Universal Television Group, explained how his father was killed by an infection he picked up in the hospital. He said that he searched for someone to blame, but he found that the whole system was at fault, rather than one individual actor:

Indeed, I suspect that our collective search for villains--for someone to blame--has distracted us and our political leaders from addressing the fundamental causes of our nation's health-care crisis. All of the actors in health care--from doctors to insurers to pharmaceutical companies--work in a heavily regulated, massively subsidized industry full of structural distortions. They all want to serve patients well. But they also all behave rationally in response to the economic incentives those distortions create. Accidentally, but relentlessly, America has built a health-care system with incentives that inexorably generate terrible and perverse results.

That system, he concludes, needs to be overturned. On CNN Tuesday, he said that politicians were limited by the 55% of Americans who are happy with their health care coverage. "I say to them, if you're happy with your current health care coverage, it's because you don't know what it's costing you."

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