We welcome Dr. Robert Pearl, the author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Healthcare – and Why We're Usually Wrong back to our Sunday morning conversation. Dr. Pearl, former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, the nation's largest medical group, answers questions that concern us all – Why are prescription drugs so expensive?
Contrast the national median income for a family of four -- $55,775 -- against the average bureaucrat or congressional or presidential staffer, who earns twice what the average American family does (members of Congress earn 3.2 times their average constituent), and the picture becomes clear. They can't possibly understand the daily life of the average American. In this context, the GOP proposal to "repeal and replace Obamacare" makes perfect sense. From their cushy perch -- $16000 a year for health insurance is not such a big number.