That's true for urgent car. You can go sit in an ER and they have to treat you. In fact, in border states, Mexicans come across the border on a compassionate entry to go to US hospitals for free (to them) urgent car. The system overall foots the bill. Healthcare reform is needed. I'm not advocating Obama's version, but changes are needed. There's no need for doctors to make as much as they do (specialists easily make over $300k), drugs to cost as much as they do, so many unnecessary procedures to be done, so many people to go without health insurance and drugs to cost so much.
Sadly, when anyone tries to change things, as with anything in this country, so many lobby groups get involved. Try to change the above and you get nurses groups, the AMA, pharmaceutical lobbies, doctors groups, the insurance lobby, etc, all throwing huge amounts of cash to keep the status quo.
Sadly, it will stay this way until the system and country are virtually bankrupt. Obama's plan will probably die just as Bush's social security plan did.
Anytime any politician says something will not happen, you can bet yer boots that is exactly what is in the plan and WILL be done.
I find it funny how so many people say that, yet so many incumbents get elected. I'm not disagreeing with your statement, but voters in most countries are far too hesitant to hold people accountable. Far too many people are going to vote on way no matter how bad the politician. To me, things like term limits, congressional reform, etc, are issues that people should care about far more than they.