There is quite a bit of discussion on Obama's healthcare in a number of threads but there doesn't appear to be a single thread discussing this. Now obviously its a very bad situation that there are tens of millions of Americans (if not more) who either don't have health insurance at all or don't have adequate coverage. And it is also definitely clear that the Americans currently pay far far too much for healthcare as shown in the following graph from the Economist: Which shows that the British spend almost half of what the Americans do as a percentage of GDP on healthcare to achieve better results - and that the Americans spend significantly more as a percentage of GDP than other large rich countries (source). This should be a guaranteed money saver for the American people - if not for the government, but any shortfall for the government should easily be able to be made up with higher taxes that are less than their current spending on healthcare for the vast majority of Americans. But will that actually happen?