Well, for starters, you can buy Congress.
A report released last week by the Public Campaign Action Fund, elucidates part of the reason. Examining data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the watchdog group found that insurance companies and HMOs have been spending nearly $700,000 a day since the beginning of 2009 to stop meaningful reform. That's $700,000 per day, every day for the last 180 days, with no apparent end in sight.
The money isn't all that surprising. What's truly remarkable is that we the people stand still for this free-market bullshit.