Interesting discussion. To the health system of UK I have to say that it is not very good compared to better working health systems in the European Union.

From my Austrian perspective is interesting that the private styled US health system is more expensive than our semi state run health system but does not at the same time provide sufficent health care for everyone. For us it is normal that everybody has the possibility of getting state of the art health care for free and that everybody has to pay money to the public health insurances. That doesn't mean we are living in a paradise, but generally this is fair. And so for us it seems quite strange, when we are listening to the news and listen the Republicans in the US, that they are afraid of the USA becoming a socialist country just because of Obama's health reform. They do not know much about socialism I think....