and assets than the US Federal govt? I'm not denying that insurance companies and execs have made off like bandits . . that is widely reported to be true. But I also believe that these rich individuals and companies have a lot in common with our big-time politicians . . . you wash my back and I'll wash yours. Pols need huge money donations to keep getting re-elected, as well as to live the lifestyle of their wealthy counterparts in the private sector. I think we (the tax-paying public) get fleeced both by our elected officials and by corporate execs.
I don't think it is wild speculation to state that the health of a country's citizenry has a big impact upon its utilization of all sorts of health care services. And, the number of people in the pool to be covered (including illegal aliens and their current and future off-spring) will also affect the total cost. Speaking of common sense, I think both of those points of mine qualify.