Health care cost more per capita in the United States than anywhere else. We pay (as of 2009) $7598, the UK pays $3311, and Canada pays $4139 per capita. What do we get for the extra money? A system that doesn’t cover everyone and by any measurable, objective standard is worse than these countries.
44.9% of health care spending in 2010 was done by the government. When Republicans talk about Obama care taking over healthcare, they are lying. Medicare was going to lead to the federal government spending a majority of healthcare dollars anyway.
In 2009 5% of the population spent 49.5% of all healthcare dollars. The vast majority of these individuals were seniors. So basically the government already covers the most expensive people; covering everyone else will be cheap.
In 2011 health care purchased through an employer cost an average of $5429, but the average working age person spent an cost $4125 in health care. That is $1304 that is basically disappearing for every working American.
64% of Americans had some type of private insurance coverage; but private insurance only paid 33% of total medical costs in 2011.