Just to give you an idea, and I know the situation is different in other countries but to provide some reference. In the Netherlands, each individual has a mandatory basic health insurance for hospital bills and visits to the doctor (currently 103 Eur/month, 1236 Eur/year or some USD 1513 at the current exchange rate). That's it.
One has the freedom to increase the covered facilities (e.g. physiotherapy, Dental/Orthodontic plans, psychiatric help, additional medication beyond the broad basic coverage, alternative healing, etc.) at an additional fee.
The rest of the health care cost is covered by a percentage of one's income tax, so those who are unfortunate enough to have little or no income, also pay little or none.
I can understand that, but that seems to come with an excessively high price tag, and what's more one which makes it much more expensive than it needs be, and only accessible to those who are 'lucky' enough to be able to pay "craploads" because it's so inefficient. There's a reason why the lobbyists for the insurance companies are trying to keep things as they are ...
I'll re-ask my original question of another poster, how does this scale up from 16 million to 300 million people where a good percentage make no contributions?
And for the record I'm not against some reforms, and I have no problem with the insurance companies nor the medical profession making a profit. Nor do I believe we have any rights to limit the profit of either an individual or company.
From my perspective, its not a matter of "luck" that I can pay for my insurance, its a matter of choice. It was MY choice to be self employed and forgo an employer provide policy. It is MY choice to structure my financial dealing so I have money to pay for the policy.
Clearly bad things happen and we do have a safety net to provide for those in need. I have no problem with that. We also have people who WILLINGLY provide health service for a lower cost and little or no profit for those in need. Yet another freedom and choice.
I have no problem funding a safety net for those really in need, but lose patience for those spending their cash ( and in many cases government supplied case - from tax payers like me) on booze, smokes, drugs, cable tv, cell phones, high end Nikes, porn etc.
Things are different here. The desire for freedom from government runs high in the US. I'm sure some find it unusual just as some here find the dependance on government in other countries just as unusual. it transcends health care.
No easy answers but government has a very poor record, even worse than prove industry. To use the old saw, just think of health care run like the bureau of motor vehicles...
America is very divided on this issue, pretty much along the percentage lines of the givers and the takers. The law is a mess. Many of the representatives and senators who voted for it had little idea what was in it. The speaker of the house told the world that we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.
Anyways not going to solve this here, thanks for your thoughts.