Also via Insty, a Reason article on why hospital costs run amok. (Ignore the wishful thinking about the Lib candidate getting air time over this.)
According to this, hospitals can write-off money they don't collect from the uninsured. This gives them powerful strong incentive to overcharge the uninsured. First, they get whatever they can collect from the poor sap who had the misfortune to get sick. Second, they get a tax break for driving the poor bastard into bankruptcy.
I believe this is what's known as "adding insult to injury".
You just knew the government was at the bottom of the whole mess, didn't you? Just like the subprime lending, the oil shortage, inflation, etc. etc. etc.