One of the commenters from my previous post hit the nail right on the head:
We don't have a national health system in the US, only a national health payment system.You sing it, baby!!
I vote against any plan that includes the word insurance, because all the dough goes to the middlemen, not to the patients or the actual health care providers.
Marketing is highly developed here, and in my lifetime, we as a people have gone from personal responsibility for health to believing the hype about both products and procedures. The latter don't work, frankly, except for very small instances (magnified by fudging numbers and hand waving statistics -- I know, having done same for clinical trials).
If we HAD a health care system, it would allow for health clinicians to treat each patient individually, and use appropriate products and procedures, no matter how small the population (irrespective of market share) for whom they worked well....
I'm not against paying for the expert services of a good clinician or health system. I am against obscene profits paid to middle mismanagement.