Simply put, if it won't work then it is NOT a good idea.
We already have free emergency care in the United States and most Americans have world class health care. Something needs to be done to help the elderly and the poor but let's not throw the best healthcare in the world into the tank in the process.
Imagine paying over half your income in taxes to receive a lower standard of care. That is Canada, Germany, Sweden. We get better care and better technology because we offer the opportunity for more profit.
It is true that the care we have in the US requires a good deal more effort out of individuals. They have to make better choices about their health and their careers and their lifestyles. The bulk of the uninsured didn't take advantage of their free high school educations and are raising children in non-traditional families that only increases the economic burdens of providing health care.
Of course even blaming those individuals still leaves you with the innocent children and the increasing population of elderly to care for. My grandparents have found that making wise decisions with money and not living extravagently have made things tolerable in the last few years but in our family the children and grandchildren consider helping with those expenses part of our responsibility.
The chhildren are the trickiest part. How do you help them without enabling their parents to continue to make the choices that got their families into trouble in the first place. It's a tough call and as much as I favor tough love no child should suffer.
I actually stopped watching Moore's crap after I read about how he lied and manipulated people to make Roger and Me. As I've studied his using of similar tactics in Bowling for Columbine I didn't feel the need to waste more time. His illogical and idiotic, almost paranoid statements in Farenheit 9/11 forced me to watch it. I couldn't believe his critics were being honest! Turns out the whole film made me sick.
I'm tempted to watch Sicko though I don't want to get burned again. I don't trust Moore any farther than I can throw him (and there's no way I get him off the ground without needing some of my own insurance!). I'm only tempted because our health care system is something that needs some honest scrutiny. Of course honest rules out Moore.
And seriously, anyone who thinks that Moore's trip showed reality for the average Cuban is in need of some serious therapy.