Why does our healthcare system lag behind that of other countries?
A lot of it is ideology. Americans are convinced that free-enterprise, for-profit health insurance is the most economical way to pay for healthcare, and as a matter of fact, it's the most expensive, least efficient system in the world. Second, we're a very rich country, and, therefore, doctors and hospitals make more in this country. But the main issue . . . is just the crazy administrative burden of our system with hundreds of different payers, thousands of different forms. At the moment in America, there's one system for Native Americans. There's a different system for veterans. There's a different system for chronic renal failure sufferers. There's a different system for congressmen. No other country does that, and if you think about it, it's just a formula that has to create huge costs and confusion, which is what we've got.