A guy at work thinks socialized medicine is the way to go. He says, "we're living socialized medicine because we're in the military and isn't it great?" What he doesn't see though, is 300million people are paying for the 2million or so of us active and retired to get that medical care. If all 300million were to get the same medical care we do, who would pay for it? The costs would be astronomical, even more so than your Medicare numbers. You're right that we need to figure out the mess we're in now instead of talking about expanding it.