When we compare ourselves to other Western nations like the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, etc., they all have similar or slightly better life expectancies but spend less than half as much as we do per citizen on health care. They all have some form of socialized medicine. We have too many citizens who work hard but can't afford to seek medical care. It is the premiums, the co-pays, the deductibles, the cheapskate policies chosen by many employers that deny them health care in fact. Many times the really poor seek care in the emergency rooms, the most expensive form of care, raising the costs for the rest of us, or they just don't get care at all.