Great Britain Fears American-Style Health Care: Americans have the most expensive public-private health care in the world and, if you lose your job or find your health care insurance premiums rise 15-20 percent a year, as they do, one of the most treacherous.
It's a system where many companies hope to profit from illness, where doctors charge for an abundance of tests out of greed or for fear they will be sued for malpractice. It's a system where the pharmacutical companies and the hospital combines make lavish profits and conservative politicians scream "socialism!" and "death panels!" if a President or a governor tries to reform the system even halfway towards what the rest of the modern nation-states take almost for granted in health security.
It leaves millions of people up at night worried that they might get sick and they might be under-insured or uninsured. It's that long national nightmare to people whose recession- threatened jobs are directly tied to health care insurance.
On top of that, our hodge-podge system, which only seems to serve those lucky enough to have a good private health care package in corporate or government service, is not a big-seller abroad. Take Great Britain's current social debates:
It would appear that no matter what the reforms versus the reactionary backlash over health care in America will be on these shores , the people of the UK will not stand for any party leaders, including their Conservative Prime Minister, endorsing anything close to what we have here that passes for a health care system.