Information on other systems in other countries you can read to educate yourself and others about how they do it. I'll provide brief descriptions and then you can click on the WHITE links below to go to the articles. We don't have to reinvent the wheel. 

Digby at Hullabaloo explains the Dutch, German and French public/private plans. She's a single payer advocate but makes clear it's not the only way to get this right. 

Here's an article on Taiwan's system set up in 1995. It's single payer, covers everyone and everything, and uses a Smart Card to track records. Wonderful system, but there's trouble in paradise. They spend 6.23% of their GDP on healthcare but their costs are now about 8% and their politicians are afraid to raise premiums so they deficit spend. We now spend 17.5% of our GDP on healthcare. I wish we had their problems.
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