The Trouble with Healthcare (Part 2)

“I didn’t realize this was a biased political group,” says our first contributor. “Keep your opinion to yourself… I’m tired of listening to MR. GENTZLER’S political dissertations.

“I can find an equal number of people happy with healthcare today.”

Do tell.

While I try to remain neutral on most topics — while giving the floor to readers — healthcare isn’t one of them. Unlike the reader up top, I’d be hard pressed to find any number of people satisfied with the U.S. healthcare system. (Maybe congressmen?)

Certainly not the majority of our readers; one offers this opinion…

“The best way to fix healthcare is for everyone to buy their own — no company policies, no government mandates.

“Buy the coverage you want with preexisting conditions capped at three times standard rate.”

We share a reader’s experience with the American healthcare system below…

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Your Rundown for Monday, Mar. 16, 2020

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“I started noticing that my normally low blood pressure was getting very high,” a reader says. “When it spiked over 200, I knew I had to go to the ER. I’m 62 and have never been to the ER nor stayed one night in a hospital.

“I presented my insurance card and was told 15 minutes later that my co-pay would be $6,000. The staff worker said he had never seen a co-pay that high.

“He offered to run the numbers as if I were an uninsured person. He returned, saying if I declared uninsured, the ER visit would cost $2,200; furthermore, if I paid that night (thankfully, I could) it would only cost $850.

“In other words, paying a fraction of what it would have cost me with insurance; I declared uninsured and paid out of pocket at the time of service.

“Tell me healthcare is not screwed up in this country! My party affiliation is beside the point. This is a crisis the entire country needs to face and fix.”

Insanity. We’ll have more of your opinions Wednesday, including a new approach to general medicine that might shake up the entire system. (A perfect solution during these days of self-quarantine.)

And we hope our reader’s blood pressure isn’t spiking this morning as the coronavirus pandemic shifts into all-out panic mode… at the market too.

Market Rundown for Monday, Mar. 16, 2020

S&P 500 futures are down 200 points to 2,509.

Oil’s down 6% to just under $30 for a barrel of WTI.

Gold is down $36 to $1,480.80 per ounce.

Bitcoin’s down $383 to $4,989.98.

Send your comments and questions to,

Deep, cleansing breath. (I sound like a yoga instructor.) We’ll catch up Wednesday.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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