I was born in one of the European countries with England-style healthcare. My experience is that, at best, it was not better than Medicaid in the US. I consider Medicaid to be quite bad. Basically, NHS-style healthcare is having Kaiser Permanent for the whole country and you are forced to pay into the "company" whether you like it or not. In the US, the elephant in the room that I see no one addressing is the cost of healthcare. This cost is not driven by insurance companies, it is driven by healthcare providers. AMA and friends create an environment of artificial scarcity and that, together with 20-year patents and FDA protectionism, results in a captive market. This has to end. One first easy step would be allowing the legal re-importation of drugs. This would result in lower prices for Americans and, incidentally, higher prices for the rest of the world. As things stand right now, Americans are subsidizing other countries healthcare systems.