The arguement is who pays, and who controls the decisions.
Instead of working half a year to pay taxes for benefits I dont receive. I would much rather keep my own money, and buy my own insurance.
People can press their local governments to do something as well. There are some cities that offer insurance to low income & self employeed individuals at a group rate (cheaper than single party)
The problems addressed in sicko dealt with people who DID have insurance, who were denied coverage.
Our current insurance system places the monitary priority to the share holders & maintaining profits, and NOT to the insured.
Its simple.. Insurance companies should actually insure their patients. They should give the benefits they promise to the patients, without the need for patients to file legal action to get the coverage they paid for.
Having nationalized medicine in a capitalist socieity is not a good mix imo. We would be giving more tax dollars into the hands of private businesses whose primary goal is to make a profit.
I do not see the government limiting the profits of those companies.
Start asking yourself why the medication is so much cheaper in those other countries? Its because the pharm companies can charge the insurance companies so much. So they do. Its because the FDA has limited our choices when it comes to over the counter & prescription drugs, giving certain companies monopolies over certain types of drugs. The FDA also restricting and invalidating the benefits of holistic medicines & natural remedies, forcing us to rely on the medical industrial complex to solve our problems.
Some natural remedies (such as weed for some ailments) are illegeal, forcing us to rely on higher priced prescriptions.
Check out Ron Pauls page where he talks about heathcare. With so many years as a physician, he knows first hand the problems doctors have with the insuance companies.