I saw a post on Facebook that tells it all: I want MY government to use MY tax money to pay for MY healthcare.
I've been one of the lucky ones in the sense that when I didn't have any health insurance, both my son and I were healthy. And by the time I developed the several chronic conditions I have, I had a job with good insurance. The problem with the US is that health insurance is handcuffed to either generous employment or EXTREME poverty. Is it any wonder that people CHOOSE to stay on welfare rather than get a job at minimum wage with no benefits?
On the other hand, countries with national healthcare DO have problems, too. It seems to me that it boils down to do you want private insurance companies to practice medicine without a license in order to preserve profits, or do you want the government to practice medicine without a license in order to keep taxes down?
I'm going to be on Medicare come March 2013, and it seems to me to be a no-win situation -- they've known we Baby-Boomers were coming for more than 50 years, but no one did ANYTHING to prepare for us. So it's only going to get worse. The only advantage I feel we diabetics have is that we can easily commit suicide if life becomes unbearable, even when we know that we COULD have gotten help and relief if only our tax money had been used responsibly.