As for the second part of the Bolded, I didn't Say that ACA isn't resulting in Premium Costs increases. I don't agree with ACA either.
One of the things the French Healthcare System does is pays doctors to actually get Frenchmen to quit smoking.
"Our healthcare is expensive, research and innovation are huge costs and those companies need to recoup the costs in the US market, not the international one that can likely feed off of our work and then turn it around for a profit."
I'm sorry, did I post nations that are third world countries that innovate absolutely nothing? I did not. Have you looked up the differences in costs between the same medical equipment from other OECD countries and this 'great' nation?
" Education (and standards) are typically higher in the US and are more costly."
Yes. And that has to do with the Private Sector.
What does the AMA do?
It charters Medical Schools and Quotas the number of Student-Doctors.
What is the AMA? Doctors.
What does the AMA/Doctors do in response to the # of Medical Schools and Quotas?
Keeps them low, so there's an Under-Supply of Doctors so that the current Doctors can acquire a larger pay check.
"Malpractice insurance in the US is crazy expensive for some specialties and our population tends to not be the healthiest (high obesity rate contributing to disease and cost)."
We're obese because, unlike the EU (and this was a main sticking point in the EU-USA FTA negotiations), in the US food market/FDA one has to PROVE that the food is Detrimental.
In Europe one has to PROVE that the food is NOT Detrimental.
Capitalism is best-ism!
As for Malpractice, I'm sure having the government installed would assist in that since it'd be the government involved. However, that does bring up a good point. I'll need to do some personal research on that. But I have a feeling it has to do more with our Law system than anything else, but don't hold me to that