What does the US have against universal health care? An EXTREMELY powerful lobby....insurance companies, big pharma.....need I say more?
Sad to say, in the US you can get ill and become bankrupt, with no safety net. Jimmy Carter wanted universal health care, and got opposition from within his own party. He could have pushed in through then - now? Not a chance in hell.
The NHS is not without problems, but it's a wonderful thing. I am thankful to live here and have access. Before we left the US, our insurance premiums were >$12k per year - and I was a 'well person' with a very high deductible. Hubs worked until he was 70 for company paid insurance, as he was essentially uninsurable prior to the ACA. Our co-pays were huge as well.
I could go on and on, but time to get off the soapbox.