Take a look at the following.
Note the words “for-profit system.”
All health care systems are for profit in one way or another. There is only one alternative. That is 100% government owned and run. That means all health care providers are employees of the government and the government owns all hospitals and other facilities and all pharmacies pharmaceutical companies. No system operates that way.
In any case, profit is not our problem, not insurance company profit certainly which is generally what Tweets such as the above allude to. But health insurance is not our health care system. It’s a payment and reimbursement system. It pays people directly or indirectly for unanticipated (at least it was supposed to be unanticipated) losses, just like auto and homeowners insurance.
There are checks on profits via negotiated discounts. Our problem is the system allows cost shifting from one group to another. It also reflects the American view that more is better when it comes to health care and the general view that paying for health care should not be part of our budgeted expenses. And, of course, there is the problem of lack of universal and a base of uniform coverage.
The profit motive provides efficiency beyond what a bureaucracy can provide. Centrally controlled budgets lead to shortages, political maneuvering and hidden and not so hidden forms of rationing.
What we really need is a single system that is a public and private provider and insurance partnership that guarantees coverage for every citizen.