Bill Maher writes about health care in American culture. It's a target-rich environment, but I'll just touch on his central thesis:
How about this for a New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit. It used to be that there were some services and institutions so vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures. Some things we just didn't do for money. The United States always defined capitalism, but it didn't used to define us. But now it's becoming all that we are.
Um, no. There never was such a time.
The whole enterprise of the "reformers" is to change human nature so that we work for social interest instead of self interest. It will only work if we can create a "New Rule" that alters how humans do and always have been motivated. And because their efforts can only succeed if humans can become angels, they will only make things worse.
Side note: although Maher believes that not everything has to make a profit, apparently the comedy business does. Here are pictures of his Beverly Hills mansion.
HT: Miss Cellania