My good friend Jim retired from the State Department after serving for many years. One of his chief responsibilities was making sure that animals destined for human consumption did not transmit any infectious diseases to humans. He has worked in many countries and also worked for a spell at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
In the course of his career he has had an opportunity to study many health care delivery systems. He observes that no matter what health care delivery system, the system delivers care on two tiers. The upper tier is reserved for those who are favored. In the United States, that tier is comprised of those who have private health insurance. In Britain and other countries that provide universal healthcare, the upper tier is comprised of those who have connections. How can that be? It is human nature. Generally those who are politically connected or have a personal relationship with an influential physician or healthcare administrator get top tier care.
Given the veracity of the observation that no system of healthcare delivery exists that does not have two (or more) tiers of delivery, I think the system of private health insurance is superior to a universal healthcare system provided by the government. What do you think?