"We know it's underfunded and we know we need more doctors. We know that elective surgeries and procedures like MRIs take too long." And yet you come on here bragging about how great your system is.
We have enough doctors to ensure that our wait time at an ER is the shortest of any developed nation on this planet. Elective surgeries are so common here that some of them have become almost institutionalized. We have so many MRIs available to us, and the trained personnel to operate them, that I could be referred for one this morning and be using it before breakfast tomorrow. By tonight if I've been admitted to a hospital. Why would anyone want to exchange a system like that for the kind you describe?
The only thing 60% of Americans want reformed is the COST of health care, not the system itself. This can be done quite easily by enacting tort reform and other purely financial factors. There are already safety nets in place for the tiny percentage who still couldn't afford more than free life-saving ER care. We have the great system we have - and all the innovations we share with the world - because it's a capitalistic, free-market system. The reason yours is so substandard is because you have taken all the profit motive out, and in doing so have stifled the motivation for innovation as well as having driven doctors out of the country looking for greener pastures. If you have never met a Canadian who would trade our system for yours, then you have never met one of the many Canadians who yearly flood over our border seeking decent, efficient, timely medical care. This is what Sarah Palin was talking about, and she makes perfect sense.