Alex Proimos / Flickr Creative Commons

The latest story about wild, eye-popping hospital bills comes from Vox: Matt Anderson, a college student, cut his finger last summer and went to the emergency room out of fear of infection. He said he was only with a doctor or nurse for a total of 15 minutes maximum, for a cleaning and liquid stitches for his wound.

Although a quick, simple fix, Anderson's parents got stuck with a bill for almost $3K.

Why so much? Because of expensive "facility fees," which are supposed to cover the cost of keeping an emergency room open and operational 24/7 and an extra $873 for being at the hospital for "two days." (He was there from 11p.m. one day until 1 a.m. the next.)

Why it matters: There have been plenty of other stories of crazy pricing. The problem is that Obamacare didn't tackle pricing at all, or even require more transparency about how it works. But if Trump wants to offer more medical options at cheaper prices to the American people, experts argue he'll have to cut the expensive hospital fees and enforce price transparency.

Go deeper

Updated 41 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 31,032,045 — Total deaths: 960,729— Total recoveries: 21,255,717Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,805,342 — Total deaths: 199,511 — Total recoveries: 2,590,671 — Total tests: 95,108,559Map.
  3. Politics: Testing czar on Trump's CDC contradictions: "Everybody is right" Ex-FDA chief: Career scientists won't be "easily cowed" by political vaccine pressure.
  4. Education: What we overlooked in the switch to remote learning.
  5. Health: The dwindling chances of eliminating COVID-19 — 7 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week.
  6. World: England sets £10,000 fine for breaking self-isolation rules — The countries painting their pandemic recoveries green.

Biden raises $141 million more than Trump

Combination images of President Trump and his 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden's campaign, the Democratic National Committee and joint fundraising committees raised $466 million cash on hand, the presidential candidate's team announced late Sunday.

Why it matters: President Trump's campaign raised $325 million cash on hand, his campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh announced Friday. In the spring, Biden was $187 million behind Trump and the Republican National Committee.

Virtual Emmys address chaotic year for American TV and society

Emmy Host Jimmy Kimmel during rehearsals Friday for the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Photo: Al Seib/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Emmy Awards Sunday night addressed the major U.S. issues this year — including the protests on systemic racism and police brutality, the wildfires engulfing parts of the West Coast, the census, the pandemic, essential works and the election.

Why it matters: Award shows have always addressed wider cultural issues, but this year — amid unprecedented stress and uncertainty — that trend has accelerated.