"Bitter Pill" is the name of the article published by Time magazine in their March 4, 2013, issue. It is almost the entire magazine - 39 pages. It is about the state of health care in the U.S. and shows how medical bills are killing us. The author, Steven Brill, did an extensive investigation into the cost of medical care in U.S. hospitals (most of them "non-profit"). Most of the charges are determined by a heretofore unheard of mechanism called the "chargemaster", a computer device that has no relationship to costs that hospitals actually incur in caring for patients.
I'd recommend investing in healthcare stocks. The medical industry composed of doctors, hospitals, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, spend more on lobbying Congress than any other industry. Congress is owned by this industry. We are the only country that has laws forbidding Congress from negotiating prices on health care, thus giving pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies carte blanche to charge incredibly high prices just because they can. And then, hospitals mark up these items and charge the end consumer 100 to 1,000 times the cost of what they paid. It's not the doctors and nurses and those in the trenches that are getting the rewards for the care they provide. It's the hospital CEOs, some of whom are paid over $10,000,000 a year and most of them over $1,000,000 a year even if they are CEOs at state-owned university hospitals (and the presidents of the universities are paid a fraction of what hospital CEOs are paid).
Get a copy and spend an hour or two reading it. I doubt that contacting your Congressperson will make a difference, so I'd recommend buying stock to protect yourself. But, as Jon Stewart said, when he interviewed Brill last week, his article might become the "Silent Spring" for health care.
The only bright spot is Medicare. Medicare costs are calculated and paid based on the costs that hospitals incur, overhead, and profits. Hospitals make money off Medicare (there are billboards all through central Florida put up by hospitals trying to get Medicare patients).
Here is a link that might be useful: Outrageous pricing and egregious profits