Back to my larger point. It's always more effective if the person making (all) decisions for health care (or any service) is the person receiving the service. You want to lower the cost of health care? Empower more people to self-pay. Ask any doctor if they give a cash discount and EACH ONE will say yes! This is a simple fact. Hmmm, is there a reason a hospital will cut it's bill by as much as 75% if someone pays cash?!! YES, it's more efficient. It costs more for the provider to track down insurance, medicare, medicaid,...etc., rather than give a discount and take the cash.
What if someone can't pay cash? Call me old fashioned, but that's where family comes in. What if the family can't help? For over two hundred years there has been a miracle of churches who sponser hospitals and individuals to help those get the care they need. (Interestingly, the whole "take care of the the widows and poor" our Dear Leader, Obama, loves to quote to justify his take-over of capitalism, works so much better when the funds that pay for this ideal comes from local, heartfelt, charitable giving, and not from the point of a gun.)
What if one is not a believer or doesn't belong to a church? America is such a wonderful and diverse place there are organizations who aren't affiliated with any religious organization who will provide much the same help. It's a remarkable system that leaves NOBODY behind. (Not even the lovely and noble illegal aliens.)
I'm not trying to say it is perfect, because it is not. It is not the government job to take care of us and they will simply make it worse. It is the job of government to protect us from our enemies, foreign and domestic, and uphold the Constitution. Period. It is the job of families, churches, and PRIVATE community efforts to take care of us.
Each time any government wants to "take care" of us is another step down the road to serfdom.
-Think men, think!