March 8th, 2013
04:38 PM ET

"We have a disease-management system, not a health care system," says Dr. Weil

It is no secret the health care system in the United States is broken. Americans pay more medical cost than any other nation at $2.7 trillion last year alone, but yet we are getting shockingly little for the money.

"Escape Fire," a new documentary airing on CNN Sunday night at 8pm ET looks at these problems in a whole new light.

Dr. Andrew Weil is featured in "Escape Fire" and he's a leading expert of holistic medicine. Weil joins Erin Burnett tonight OutFront at 7p ET.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p and 11p ET on CNN.

U.S. manages disease, not health

The most insistent political question of the past four years has been: How can more Americans get access to medical care?

The federal response was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Better known as "Obamacare," it is a complex mix of insurance changes and tax credits. When the act takes effect on January 1, 2014, it will provide access to insurance to about 30 million people who currently don't have it.

Unfortunately, that was the wrong question. So the looming "answer" is wrong as well.


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  1. Mark G.

    What can you expect when you take advantage of the ill in a for-profit industry. Money is the motivator, not compassion or caring. It is the same as with dentistry except you can still survive without teeth. The American health system is corrupt and in a country where everyone is supposed to be equal, many people have no equality at all. To the point where they suffer and die.
    America, the country of the ill and sick and weak. The country where there is little compassion for their fellow citizen. The country where money trumps all else, even human life.
    Charity begans at home and if everyones health was cared for, the USA would become a stronger, kinder and healthier country.
    The USA can spend trillions on killing people in wars but spends nothing helping its own citizens.

    March 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply

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