Ronni Bennett has an excellent post on health care policy that is worth a read.
My favorite part…
An important financial aspect of a successful universal healthcare plan is including everyone in the pool. The 80/20 rule of business applies to healthcare; about 20 percent of the population uses 80 percent of healthcare. By spreading the cost – through taxes, premiums, subsidies where necessary, etc. – everyone contributes and everyone, rich and poor alike, has equal access to healthcare.
If the 80 percent of healthier people object to financing the 20 percent, they would do well to keep in mind that each of us is only one disease or accident away from joining the 20 percent. And if the wealthy want to purchase additional coverage for luxury hospital rooms and monkey-gland treatments at spas in Switzerland, fine. But healthcare is a human right and the time has come for the United States to join the rest of the industrialized nations in granting that right.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the U.S. does not have the best healthcare in the world. It lags far behind every other industrialized nation in the standard benchmarks of national health including life expectancy and infant mortality, and those other nations achieve their superiority at a much lower cost per person than the United States.