AP article at MSNBC While many here have averred that medical costs have skyrocketed because Timmy has a sniffly nose and Mommy takes him to the Emergency Room instead of getting a regular Doctor appt. (I'm talking to you 'Rat ) Costs have skyrocketed because disease in general is becoming more treatable and doctors and drug companies are pushing what are increasingly becoming snake oil treatments. The "Death Panel" corps during the health care debate have ensured that the drug companies are free to continue pushing their mostly futile treatments that often end up only torturing patients instead of helping them. If we're serious about reining in health care costs, we need to address this issue. Now, not tomorrow.