Broke people are subsidized in every other developed country (via UHC) and they pay about half what we do per capita for health care. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...PP)_per_capita
The number one reason healthcare it is so high in this country is because doctors and hospitals have all the pricing leverage. The biggest driver keeping costs down in this country is Medicare - because the govt, inefficient as it is, is big enough to have real pricing leverage.
Over the past three decades both Medicare and private insurers have initiated cost containment mechanisms to control the growth of spending on personal health care. To compare spending growth between these two payers, we present four measurement principles that should be implemented when drawing such comparisons, and we apply them to the National Health Accounts data files. We attribute Medicare’s ability to equal—and using our measures, actually exceed—the private sector in controlling the rate of health spending growth to Medicare’s ability to price aggressively for the services it covers.
Medicare can be counted on to control per enrollee spending growth over time, more than private insurers can.