I don't want to see nationalized health care, believe me. But unfortunately the argument you described does not hold water. I would love to be able to make that argument, b/c it's a good one....if it were true.
In Denmark, they have nat'l care, NO tort mess, and reasonalbe care for everyone. Reasonable, not perfect. Many of the things we hear long wait lists for, don't truly require immediate attention. We're just accustomed to that in America. (I"m no exception) but the true urgencies are treated in justa timely fashion.
If I were one of the people with the choice of forgoing needed care, or going bankrupt, you bet I'd settle for reasonable care, even if I had to wait a little longer than I"m used to.
I don't suspect a common sense approach or solution is in our near future. Too many of the players have their own agenda, which is not necessarily the best agenda for our country. As long as we have K-street in DC, don't look for honest answers.