And the prognosis?
Hope you're sitting down...
Of course, the NHS is also a fiscal black-hole that devours every Pound Sterling that gets anywhere near the Kafka-esque monstrosity... yet somehow, it's never enough.
Likewise for Obamacare: White House cost projections were always the stuff of fairy tales... for that reason -unlike many Republicans- I still think ObamaCare is doomed: it's a poorly written rush-job that was never even reconciled, and imo it will be very difficult to implement in anything like it's current form.
And 'finding out what's in it' isn't going to be anything like the Christmas morning scene Nancy Pelosi painted for us: besides plunging quality of care and death-panels, expect a renewed backlash to develop -particularly by small business owners- over the next year as premiums climb and the taxes really kick-in. Job creation will be obliterated, and Americans are going to turn on this wholly-unneeded nationalization of the US health-care system as reality hits.
PJ O'Rourke once said 'If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free'- indeed.
More specifically, we're talking $2.6 TRILLION and 800,000 jobs lost... this dog won't hunt, people.