Hi this is going to be a big problem - one for many now as it stands and another once any change is made. You are right about US government being in the pockets of big pharma- to include the doctor realm. So if the competition was eliminated, all would benefit. Is socialized medicine so bad if everyone gets the care they need? What am I missing here? Don't the Europeans have this in place?
I've read(cant remember where...economist.?.) the Swiss have a very good system that our US gov't might be using as a model.

What can we do? Really?

We ought to find out because it dosen't pay to debate if we have no means to influence the final outcome.

Sorry. Just lying here with no desire to do much,