A few thoughts, in no order:
- health insurance =/= health care.
- a lot of people know what they pay for insurance, but a lot of people have no idea what they pay for health services
- "people" hate the idea of "socialized" medicine, except (apparently)
- when they qualify for medicare
- when they are on a group plan through work
- when they live in the States
- there exists a deeply entrenched, "selfish actor" hypocrisy in the rhetoric around health care
The next time you go to the doctor or the pharmacy, ask them for a price list for their services/products; take note of their reaction.
If you want to take it to the next level, ask if there are different price lists for different payers (insured, medicare, cash, etc) and ask what they expect to actually get in final payment from those various payers.
It's my opinion that there exist some rational and fairly straightforward "fixes" to the health care cost explosion, but that most people don't actually want to change the system.