I know I have praised it previously and I am the first to admit it has issues but the NHS is amazing. Tonight I walked into my local chemist (pharmacy), Lyndsey the pharmacist asked how I was doing, offered a chat if I needed it. She then handed me my meds, asked if they were all working for me and reminded me again that they can deliver them if I'd prefer. All this and the price was £0! I then went to see the practice nurse for my annual check, weighed me, checked recent bloods (I've lost a kilo...whoop!) And gave me my once in a life time pneumonacocci injection...again the price was £0. Lastly I waited about 5 mins to see my GP. She told me I am basically right on track and we both agreed menopause is pooey...again cost me £0. She gave me a big hug and said (as she always does) "I am not meant to have favourite patients...but...". Its wonderful oh and of course they paid my wage for many years. Why is USA so frightened of it?
Our health care is mostly provincial (with some federal responsibilities) and the coverage varies. My province doesn't cover prescription costs (unless you're a senior, then most of the cost is covered). Dental and Eye care are also not covered (unless you're a senior or under 18 ). But, I'm still glad I have provincial health care.
Polls suggest as many as 70% of Americans are for this (allowing for the differentiation in phrasing) whether it is "single payer" "Medicare for all" or "universal health care". But these 70% of Americans do not make up the constituency of our elected officials - that title belongs to the donor class, and lobbied industries such as health care, pharmaceuticals and insurance. They have a gravy train in the for-profit health industry, and will not be giving it up with out a fight.