Feature Interview (11:45) – Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN 3rd District) talks about the state of healthcare legislation on the national level and his own attempt to help bring down healthcare costs with the Healthcare Competition Act of 2019.

Also in this episode:

Background Info – Physician Assisted Suicide and the American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/…assisted-suicide)

HHS Statement Against Fetal Tissue Research (www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/06/…human-services.html)

Congress weighs dropping ban on altering the DNA of human embryos used for pregnancies (www.statnews.com/2019/06/04/congr…for-pregnancies/)

Medical Trivia (Answer at 43:45) – In 2017, total healthcare costs in the US were $3.5 trillion, 18% of the GDP. In 1960, total healthcare costs were $27.2 billion, only 5% of the GDP. In terms of how much it per person per year: in 2017, it cost almost $11,000 a year for healthcare (6% of annual income), while in 1960, it cost about $146 (4% of annual income). From 1960 to 2017, how many times from one year to the next year did the average cost per American for healthcare drop from one year to the next?



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