My husband and I saw the movie SICKO from Michael Moore today, and it was a real eye opener for me. People are not being treated in hospitals, because they have no insurance or the wrong one!!! How can anybody be so heartless? In the movie they show an insured mother, who's 18 month old daughter gets a very high fever, she calls 911, the ambulance takes the girl to the hospital and there they don't treat the baby, because their insurance pays only for certain hospitals and the mom had no money to pay it out of her pocket. They transport the girl to the "insurance hospital", but by then it is too late.....
Of course, very personal to me is the question, will my daughter be able to get any insurance when she is grown up, will any insurance company take her with her diabetes?
I don't think that medical care should be in general for free, however I think there should always be free medical care available for those in need. And insurances should not have that many possibilities, to not pay medical bills. Also if it is so easy to decline somebody from being insured, because of a prior condition, the government should step in and give insurance to those people.
For people with chronic illnesses, it is hard enough to try to stay as healthy as possible, but in addition to that to have to fight for an insurance or in the worst case, try to get the money for the proper treatment, that is just inhuman! So many people die every year, because they can not afford the treatment, which would have allowed them to life a long and healthy live!!!