You do have a point on the costs, but our wonderful privatized health care system is just so great...oh, wait.
I know some people who work 39 hour a week 'part time' jobs at Wal-Mart who aren't eligible for corporate health program, can't afford an individual one and have to resort to using the emergency room for basic health care. (Wal-Mart is just an example) There would be funding issues to overcome with a full British style system, but our current system does not provide 'coverage for everyone'. I'm not sure Obama's plan is the right one, but some sort of public/private option for those who really need it would be a good idea in my opinion.
And you're wrong. There is no evidence to suggest that we'd get better lifespan and mortality rates by instituting universal coverage. Also, realize that most people in this country are covered already. There are very few full-time workers that do not have health care coverage. The number one always hears is "45 million," but this is bogus. Many of those are illegal immigrants, not primary earners, independently wealthy or people that choose not to buy health insurance. The "uninsurable" and those that cannot afford coverage are few and far between. 45 million? Try less than 10 million. We could simply expand medicare to fix that problem. It cost ten percent of the Obamacare bill. Ten percent!
BTW I work (OK will be working, I'm a Senior) in health care, just the little I've seen from the inside during clinical rotations has shown me how customer costs are outrageous in comparison to the actual costs of services provided. Plus cases like this one don't do much to engage trust in the current HMO system.
To be fair the US is on top in the research and development areas of healthcare, by force of numbers if nothing else.
And sorry to head about your son's PAD, glad it got fixed.
Yes, and it's going to get even worse under Obamacare. In some ways it's the worst of all worlds. It mandates we purchase coverage from these for-profit entities. The companies are also forced to cover anyone. Guess what that will do to costs? So insurers have already stated that their rates are going to increase by nearly 40% next year as Obamacare kicks in.