I was on the NPR site this morning, and found a series of articles on western Europe's health care, how they do it. Cancer care is pretty innovative in France, apparently. In an article about Germany's plan, a couple (the wife is American) says they'll never move back to the US, because their health care would bankrupt them; they're happy to pay 8% of their income into the German system.
Western European countries spend less, up to half as much, than the US does on health care, and provide much better service. Americans must be a greedy bunch—it's definitely every man for himself here, especially the corporate heads drawing the salaries. It's the same all over, in every industry. I wouldn't be surprised if insurance companies claimed they need a bailout next.