I just thought I'd help out with how the US system works as it affects me and as I know it
All local governments and most companies provide health cover as a remuneration benefit. If not and you are fairly young, health insurance can be bought for about $300 per month. Prices go up as you get older and can be up to $600 by the age of 65.
Those who are in dire straits can apply for no cost Medicaid and have health cover under that shelter.
Over 65 you are entitled to Medicare which costs about 100 per month. In actual fact it is taken off your pension each month. On top of that you can pay for supplemental insurance to avoid co-pays and get free selection of health care suppliers.
Obviously under Trump this is a moving target but I am trying to give an idea of what the current status is.
The service is magnificent, I have a primary care doctor (GP) who sees me once a year for an annual check up. She has a full blood panel taken at that time and based on the results has spotted various abnormalities and then sets me up with a specialist depending on urgency. I had a lesion on my thyroid and I was in for scans the next week afterwards I was set up to see a specialist the week after. Going back to the blood tests, I have them taken and by the time I get home, there is an email telling me to visit the health care providers web site where all my results are available for review.
Living in and around Boston, we are blessed with having access to some of the best facilities in the world.
Having said that there may be some caught in a hole that doesn't allow them to pay for or receive health cover and I am sure they are suffering. I'm told there are charities that do help these people. I do believe that local government should deal with these situations not Washington.
I was much younger when I lived in the UK so I needed health care very occasionally but I have elderly friends and relatives back there now and many wait weeks for a test and even longer to meet a specialist. I know which system I prefer.
There is an issue over long term health care, if you need a nursing home you are in trouble unless you had the foresight to get insurance for that.