What is the government intervention that has "distorted the marketplace"? Can you provide examples? I'm just finding the argument that it is TOO MUCH government meddling which drives up prices a bit hard accept. As I said, other western nations with comparable demographics, culture and lifestyles manage to provide health care at a much lower cost than the (apparently) free market in the US while still providing comparable care (And they have competitive and healthy private health insurance industries as well for those who want top-tier care). Even if the US's care is objectively better - is it worth the ridiculous disparity in cost? We're not talking 10/20/50% more - it's closer to 5, 10, 20 times as much which is crazy.