i know how you feel. you just want to walk around grasping your ankles. wait until we have national health care. your taxes will go up, your quality of care will go down, and they will tell you how great it is that you are getting "free" health care!
I work in the industry, and have done so for almost 30 years. Yes, costs will go up, quality will go down, the waits will be long, care will be rationed, and all these people who want nationalized health care will be horrified at what has happened to the quality and service. I have figured, for quite some time, that we will go to nationalized health care. Anyone who wants a good look at what will eventually happen to it should go sit in a county hospital clinic or a VA clinic for awhile.
As for the cost of drugs, there are several factors at play. Drug companies spend millions on R&D for some drugs, and the costs get passed on to the consumer down the road. There's also the push created by drug reps who call on physician offices and give them lots of free samples, which get passed out to patients. After the freebies are used up, the patient is already on said drug, and gets a prescription and sticker shock when they have to pay for it. Many of these drugs are really good quality, but there are older drugs that can do the job for less money. The patient just is not aware and does not really discuss this with their physician. Doctors often don't consider that patients may not be able to afford the prescribed drugs, they just see that it works well for the patient, and if the patient doesn't say "hey, I can't afford this", then the matter is shelved, unfortunately.
If medical insurance was the same type we could commonly buy 30 years ago, where you paid for your own drugs, your own physician office visits, and insurance was used for hospitalization and major medical expenses, the costs of medical care would be much much less than they are today. PPO's and HMO's have increased the cost of care because they have taken the responsibility away from the consumer and created a mindset that everything should be paid for, down to the 4 dollar prescription and the 50 dollar office visit. If people had to be conscious of incurring medical expenses, they would seek treatment only for legitimate medical problems, and not for every case of sniffles or diarrhea.