Democrats are trying to enact health insurance (or health care) reform, and Republicans (and Lap Dog Democrats) are trying to kill it.
I really don't understand why any thinking person would be against health care for all. It just seems so fundamental to being a productive citizen. The opposition is entrenched interests that are making good money off the current system and don't want it to change.
Folks who want the free enterprise system to control health care, and say it will lead to the best system, are either sadly uninformed, total tools of corporate interests, or just plain stupid. No one shops around for the cheapest doctor. Few people have the knowledge to, few have the time to, and it's just not how health care works. After you've stripped and been poked and prodded and probed, you're not of a mind to go looking to save a few dollars by repeating the experience. Besides, who what their spleenectomy done by the cheapest guy in the phone book?
Health care is not a free enterprise system. If it were, doctors would not enjoy the monopoly they do. We'd let anyone deliver health care, and figure that a rational and efficient consumer would pay for the level of expertise and credentials necessary for their particular health issue .
Health care, like infrastructure, like peace and security, is too integral to a productive populace to allow it to be hijacked by folks bleeding it for money. That is, I don't think that health care should be a profit making endeavor, any more than police work or fire prevention is. As a society we need it and it should be supplied by the government. If private industry can find needs not served or ill served by the government, then fine, move in and make money there.
I'm not saying that docs, nurses, hospitals, etc., all should be owned by or employees of government. Individuals earn a living and are paid, but the don't exactly make a "profit." For profit hospitals and for profit insurers and administrators either ought not be allowed, or they should be regulated like a utility. Instead of delivering electricity or water, they deliver health care. Deliverers of health care should be paid enough to do the job, but should not have incentives to increase "profit."
I come to this view informed in large part by my experience with Boise's VA hospital. I only started using it after I returned from deployment, and for the 20+ prior years I used private health care. I gotta say, the VA is at least as good as the private suppliers, and in most cases, it's better. Example: when I need a prescription refilled, I call and tap in a little info using my phone keys, and about 3 days later the prescription arrives in the mail. 90 day supply, $24. BTW, the Dept of Defense is allowed to negotiate pricing with drug makers.