I'd just like to point something out to those who think socialized medicine is a great thing.
In a free market, if you want to buy something, you buy it. The person selling it competes for your business with others selling it, and the prices go lower and higher based on the law of supply and demand. I know that healthcare has a lot of complex things that affect cost. But basically if I buy my own insurance and want to go to the doctor, I pay for it myself and get the services I pay for. Insurance might pay for some of it, but if I want the service, I can pay out of pocket.
In socialized medicine (which some of you seem to love), it's not quite that way. You think that medicine is "free" and that I can always have access to what I need. Not quite. You see, when someone else is taking care of you, you become indebted to them and at their mercy. If I stay in someone's house for the weekend, they decide how long I sleep by banging around in the kitchen at 3 am or letting their kids run through the hallways screaming. "Free" is kind of an illusion.
In "free" medicine, someone who makes more money than me pays part of what they earn, and that goes into a pool. When I need to go to the doctor, that pool is where the money comes from. Now here is the tricky part! Because there is only a certain amount of money in that pool, not everyone who wants that money can get at it. By getting "free" healthcare, you gave away your power to buy what you want and need.
If you are 25 years old and need heart surgery, you might get it. But here's where it gets sticky. What if you are 70 years old? Someone, who is not you, decides if you get surgery or not. Your name goes before a committee and they decide if the pool of (my) tax money will pay for your surgery. Hopefully you will get it. But you might not. And because you were depending on "free" healthcare, the cost of trying to pay for the surgery yourself will be ridiculously expensive. Good luck paying for it.
When I lived in England, I knew a man who had lost his father. I asked what his father died of. It was an illness that is commonly treated in the USA by private healthcare, but the NHS wouldn't pay for treatment, so his father died.
I am not an expert in Obamacare, or socialized medicine. But this is the basics of it. I just want all of you who think "Oh yay! now I get free healthcare and someone else pays for it!" to think about this. It will go great for you until you are too old or too sick to warrant someone paying for your medicine/surgery. And good luck if it's something you caused yourself (anorexia, drinking too much, obesity, smoking). "Free" isn't so free, after all.