There is not one country in which the socialist part of its health care system is not running in the red despite paying less for the medication and the health care workers that the market would ordinarily bear. Other developed countries' health care costs are subsidized by the American consumer. Americans, for one example, pay more for their American made drugs than do Canadians. If it were simply because the drugs were Canadian government subsidized, then Americans would not have been allowed by Canada's government to cross the border and buy their medication. This is true across the board for medication and health care related products. A law can be made to change this and thereby lower prices for Americans by having the other developed nations pay their fair share. We pay more for Swiss made drugs than the socialized Swiss do. We pay for their research and care costs. The un-insured in this country are being gouged by hospitals. You could for example walk in to the hospital as an un-insured individual and be billed for $1,800 for services insurance companies would only be billed $800 for. A law could be passed that did not allow price differentials greater than some percentage (say 10%). There are three types of medical care: 1) primary; 2)chronic and 3) catastrophic. Insurance should only be covering catastrophic care. Americans citizens should be shopping for their care in order to keep prices down and yet be able to pay for cutting edge developments in medication, procedures, and devices. Health Saving Accounts (HSA's) are the only way the above mentioned can be addressed economically and fairly. HSA's should be 100% completely tax free. If an family were to make $80,000 in a year and put $20,000 directly into an HSA. account, their taxes should start at $60,000. HSA's should roll over year to year without penalty and should be only used to buy health care, catastrophic insurance, and possibly pay for tuition. Furthermore, funds from one HSA could be transferred to another for charity cases w/o penalty. Dying with funds in your HSA would require that those monies be applied towards a Medicare-Medicaid fund. The shopping for care paradigm is proven to work in medical industries that do no fall under the umbrella of insurance coverage - such as plastic surgery and lasik eye surgery which do very well. Employers paying $15,000 – 18,000 would still pay that amount for health, but instead they would simply put it in an employee's HSA. From there the employee could purchase catastrophic care insurance and use the balance for primary/chronic care. Thus, the overhead of insurance companies that could be as high as 17-18% (plus 6% profit) would now go to the employee to spend directly on medical care. Shopping for care has to be a universal experience or prices can't be lowered or controlled. Shopping will allow the great medical advances to continue and shopping is the ultimate in portable experience. Medicare-Medicaid could ultimately be retained with enough capitalism in the system to support them.