But the whole American system seems very strange to me.

I think that is largely due to so many different insurers offering different plans (level of benefits). I don't know that the number of insurers (unless the government shuts them down) or the variety of plans would change a whole lot. I've seen in the Baucus (Senate Finance) proposal that they want to offer some sort of Silver, Gold, Platinum variety of packages, but that is just setting some sort of coverage levels at varying costs and applying simplistic names and calling it health insurance reform. Such profound ideas from upstanding folks who work 2.5 days a week.

Kind Regards,

Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom. - Aldous Huxley

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. - Thomas Jefferson