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$50 for aspirin? $16,000 for a one night in a hospital? A doctor's bill from a doctor who "tended to my father" after he was dead?

These are the things not being addressed in our health-care system. People are legally being robbed. This country has no real checks and balances in place for what doctors and hospitals charge for their services. They won't even give you a quote in advance because they don't have to.

The whole system is crooked, and the ACA is not the answer. I am not seeing this being approached by the Trump administration in an effective manner either.

We need health care police to ensure people subject to the nation's biggest scam are charged 50 cents for aspirin, $300 for a night in the hospital and that doctors are not sending bills to people for "checking up" on a corpse.

Michael Croarkin, Valparaiso

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.