emily and i went to sicko last week. it was a very thought-provoking film that i recommend to anyone. even if you don't like michael moore, you should put that aside and check out the ideas and stories discussed with an open mind. the thing that struck me as one of the most powerful points is that our system is fundamentally motivated by different objectives than canada, the united kingdom, and france. their motivation is "maximize health" and that's how those systems are judged. our system mandate is "maximize profit". so given those 2 very different motivations, it's no wonder that we have issues. i'm not anti-business, but unless we are able to change our system such that companies profit by maximizing health, then we will never reach our potential and our system will lag behind the others that are chartered that way.
another compelling side story to this is a piece done by 60 minutes on the nature of our deficit and how it relates to our health care costs. i highly encourage you to check out this story. every citizen should be obligated to understand the concepts here as it may be more important to grasp this than any other issue. it's probably more important than terrorism, crime, taxes, or any other typical issue we are presented with in politics.