Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Friday that one key element that needs to
be included in the Senate healthcare bill is a connection between
consumers and healthcare providers.
Paul is one of four Republicans
who have said he can't support the bill, in part because it doesn't do enough to lower prices for consumers.
He also said the way people shop for Lasik eye surgery is a good
example of how prices can drop when consumers are more involved.
"The reason capitalism doesn't work in healthcare is the consumer is
disconnected from the product," Paul said on MSNBC. "Consumers do not
make decisions based on price in healthcare, except for a few
"Lasik surgery, when you want to get surgery to get rid of glasses,
everybody asks the price," said Paul, an eye surgeon. "The average
consumer calls four different doctors. It's a very sophisticated laser,
million dollar laser, and yet the price has gone down by three-quarters
over 15 years."