Magnolia, I realize that if the Gov't pays for the health care = tax payers. But there are a lot of things our gov't pays for that I have no say in and I don't want to pay for: killing people in foreign countries,spying on citizens, bank bailouts, subsidizing commodities to name just a few. Personally I'd rather pay for your health care than those things.
I'm glad the system worked for your husband. We too pay our premiums and deductibles on time and take responsibility for our health. But are there any in network physicians within 130 mile radius of where we live? No. Boom not done. How about an in network hospital with the standard of care prescribed w/in 130 miles? No. Boom not done. My son is alive and he eventually did get the care he needed. But I can't say the system works all that well. I don't think a doctor or patient should have to consider what the insurance wants them to do, they should do what is medically necessary. BTW while we were in the hospital we kept getting letters from the insurance company saying that they determined that 1 week in the hospital was all that was needed. You think an insurance company somewhere in the midwest, that never met my son, never listened to his lungs or anything is capable of determining what is medically necessary?
The truth is this system of health care we have is not the best of all possible worlds. I'm sure someone will chime in and say that in those countries that have nationalized health care their taxes are sooo much higher, and that's true but if you combine the amount we pay in taxes along with the amount we pay for health insurance and medical costs I doubt you will see much difference.
Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.