Jim Lincoln wrote: but civilized nations have national healthcare
The UK has nationalised healthcare only because the evil seed of socialism has been allowed to flourish here. This healthcare (NHS) system has suffered from many many problems over the years and remains so today. Bureaucrats in charge of hospitals and GP practices are a poison to good health services. Governments of all creeds and persuasions have tried to fix the problems and failed miserably. Today the age old enemy of funding is the biggest drain on the NHS's proficiency. We even have a county by county 'lottery' of who gets the best reliable medication to suit the disease.
For socialism - read - bureaucrats and they destroy best management practice in the nations institutions.
For Obama/Democrats - read - socialism and bureaucratic mindedness.