Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | GM plunges into $1bn quarterly loss GM needed to “accelerate” efforts “on the challenging US healthcare situation”. The cost of health provision is rattling corporate America, particularly GM with its huge number of current and former employees.

Simple fact - the cost of healthcare in the US is increasing faster than the rate of inflation, and has for the last few decades (at least). This makes no sense. Improving technology should be reducing the cost of healthcare.

The problem is not in controlling existing costs. The problem is profit. The problem is not investing in better technology to reduce costs.

All that money buys a lot of political favors, so you can expect the dirty side of this equation to stall change as long as possible.

What does it take to raise awareness to the point of pushing for real change?