There are many great health care systems throughout the industrialized world. The system in the U.S., alas, is not among them. France's health care system is rated #1 by the W.H.O. (Imagine carrying a little card around with you that, when inserted into a computer, will bring up all your medical records.) Two German doctor friends cannot believe it when I tell them what we have to do to get health care coverage in the U.S. -- and how expensive it is. They are amazed at the waste in our for-profit insurance system and the paperwork involved.
There are many good models throughout the rest of the industrialized world. (See T.R. Reid's The Healing of America, an outstanding book that describes the systems in many other nations and compares them to the grossly expensive, wasteful, inaccessible system in the U.S.)
The bottom line is that we should have an "everyone in, no one out" system that will be (1) far less expensive; (2) productive of far better medical outcomes; and (3) accessible to every person in the U.S. Remember, the only reason we are so far behind the rest of the industrialized nations is the corrupting influence of money from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. How long will we stand for this?
"How do you plan to keep pharmaceutical prices within reason when the primary buyer with be the US government and most of our Congress is in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry?"
First, those who have betrayed the interests of the public in resisting lower prices should be exposed to the people of the U.S. The U.S. government should be bargaining on behalf of the public, not the pharmaceutical companies. With such an enormous market share, the U.S. government is in a strong position to negotiate and achieve a large reduction in drug prices. That's exactly what we would do if I am president.