I've been reading some of the threads on this subject, but haven't contributed much to it: 1) it's about the US 2) Sounds complicated However, the subject matter is interesting. Can somebody explain in simple terms what the hell it is all about? What is the current system and what does Obama want to do with it. Our system is relatively simple. Some people have health insurance and get treated quicker than those who don't. That's about it really. If you have public, you go on waiting lists for elective surgery, and if you have a heart attack or somesuch you go to the head of the queue and get treated straight away.