Teddy Kennedy fought for the HMOs back in the 70's, thank him. The American Healthcare System is regulated out the butt and if that wasn't bad enough, nobody pays directly for their own treatment. Medicare pays little for the services it covers, so insured people end up paying for Medicare-Medicaid cases, deadbeats, illegal immigrants and so forth. Our drugs are high for much the same reason, as Europe's socialized system have limited resources for Research and Development so ultimately AMERICANS end up paying BILLIONs of dollars every year to share our advancements with the world for nothing. BTW, Michael Moore needed medical attention recently I believe, HE didn't go to Cuba OR Canada for treatment. If you run into a Cuban that made it to the States, just ask them how great the Healthcare is in Cuba. If we let the Government take over the system, they will RATION it like they always do, and people who could have been treated before, won't get care. Oregon has a socialized system already, and they offered a cancer patient assisted suicide instead of an expensive treatment that ultimatly, the Drug Company GAVE HER FOR FREE because the STATE refused to. Don't kill your parents or the most vulnerable among us, stop this madness before it starts.