Others have said this before, but it’s worth repeating.
The purpose of the healthcare system is to keep people from getting sick in the first place, and, if they do get sick, to make them better as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
The purpose of business is to make money.
There is no money in keeping people from getting sick, and curing the sick ASAP.
The way to make money through healthcare is to get people sick as soon as possible and keep them sick as long as possible, meanwhile draining them dry of funds for the “treatments.”
The healthcare system is fundamentally incompatible with profit motives. We must abandon private healthcare thinking as quickly as possible.
Update (25Jul2009): See Bill Maher’s piece in the Huffington Post, New Rule: Not Everything in America Has to Make a Profit. FTA: “If conservatives get to call universal health care “socialized medicine,” I get to call private health care “soulless vampires making money off human pain.” The problem with President Obama’s health care plan isn’t socialism, it’s capitalism.”