Whether affordable health insurance is offered, or not...there will always be people who will try and cheat the system to not have to pay a cent.
I would rather see the plans made affordable and offered to everyone, then have it remain the same...where the people who "are" trying to do right thing suffer because of the amount they have to pay out now is so insanely high.
When I turned 18 my parents insurance approved me for a treatment. I got it done, and then they dropped me and said I would need to pay out of pocket, Five thousand dollars. It ruined my credit. I was 18 living with my fiance going into dept because I was attempting to stay in school and pay back the five grand which may not seem like a lot but to me...right out of high school...it was a friggin fortune. I ended up dropping out to get a job.
The ironic part was...I had gone on charity care, and was not paying a dime for anything medical.
Healthcare in the US is stupid. It needs to be changed. It needs to offer people more fair options. I don't see this as nannying, or someone trying to run our lives, I see it as a step in the right direction to get ourselves on a better track. It may not be perfect, but right now, anything is better then what we have.
As for US and freedoms? Don't get me started. I had parents FREAK out on my today because a bunch or Russian athletes were changing in the lobby of my workplace. God forbid anyone should see their panties.
I have gay friends who can't get married.
I have to pay to send my daughter to an all day Kindergarten not because I need a daycare because I work, but because she LOVES school and wants to go, but they don't offer a full day...unlike one town over, which does. Not only that but we had to pay a fortune for her to go to a preschool and now in the normal kindergarten she is being set back an entire year in learning because normal kindergarten barely teaches them crap and it is 20+ kids to 1 teacher.
I have to pay to live in the community I live because they want to throw a big pig roast in summer that we never go to, and to swim in the lake we never go in, or play on the playground that the teenagers have sex in, which we of course never use. Yet they still demand payment. It doesn't matter that they are racists who make new bylaws every time we change something on our property...like we dug a whole to remove something and a week later there is a new law that says no holes can be dug unless the committee approves.
There is a lot in the US that is not "free" as it is in other countries. Sure we can say whatever we want...whenever we want...but ya know, sometimes that can be more of a detriment then a good thing. Just ask those parents of sons and daughters who died in Iraq who now have to deal with protesters at their childrens funerals.
We are the land of the free and the home of the brave...but sometimes, it sure doesn't feel like such a great thing or like it is really free...Maybe it should be "The land of the free, (unless your gay, black, Asian, etc..and want to get married, adopt babies, send your kids to better schools) and the home of the brave (unless we disagree with why you are being brave...like, fighting in a war we don't approve of)...
Don't raise your voice, Improve your Argument.