There is no question then when the government runs business like entity or service it never runs it profitably, there is always waste and they always go above their budget! One just needs to look the Post Office to see it government run businesses not run profitably! However, there is a big difference between profitably and efficiently. Most government run business are not run well. In fact some are god awful. Take inner-city schools. They are horrendous. However, while some aren't run profitably, so are still run very well. Take the post office. With all the mail run through it, they get the postcard to the right place and really within a short period of time. I know Fedex is more efficent and get it quicker, but for a price and not anywhere near the volume the US Postal service deals with. If the US postal service was privatize like many on the right want, expect normal postage to be $2. Expect mass-mailing campaigns that many EMPLOYERS rely on to be a thing of the past. Same can be said for the military and police. The finest fighting unit in the world is not Blackwater, its the US Special Forces! The FBI, CIA and DHS keep us safe. I would fear the day it was a private company running those organizations. Everyone complains about the cost of medicare. That medicare is so in the red that it's bad, but take to the majority of the elderly and they have a DIFFERENT view. Their view is that its a great and necessary program. That they elderly would not be able to afford their healthcare without. Again the program is not run profitably, but its run effectly! That gets me to healthcare. Their is such a conflict of interest with the private healthcare system. For healthcare to be run profitably it needs the customer needs to pay, people need to be cut off and cost cutting must occur. There is a direct conflict of interest between the insurer and the insuree! We at least for the major surgeries, injuries and illness. You know the typically the unfortunate things people buy insurances to insure against. I don't know the solution to healthcare, but people must start recognizing that just because a government organization like medicare and the Post Office are run unprofitably, doesn't mean they are not services the customer doesn't want or need.