Well, I suspect that most Americans believe that we shouldn't pay for anything. Look, employers are looking to get out of the benefit business, so are we looking to change our system to something similar to what other advanced nations are doing? Of course not - we don't want to do anything that involves change. We really are too stupid to get it done.<quoted text> Yes, it's easy to get angry at the rate increases. And I think the system needs fixing. But the bottom line is that people don't want to pay for health care, they want someone else to pay for it, which is unrealistic. And tax increases aren't the answer (the top 5% income pay 90% of the taxes -can't push them too much further). Health insurance is a 'pool'- insureds pay into it, and hopefully the pool is big enough to take care of sick people and catastrophic claims like this malignant melanoma. It is illegal to mandate that people buy health insurance (it;'s not like car insurance, as driving is a privledge) so this becomes a hard issue to fund. Joan makes a good point that the Sanra Venetia woman is lucky to have the coverage and the bills paid.
My family insurance premiums have gone up by an average of 9% per year since 1997, about 3 times the avg. annual rate of inflation. I have my coverage because I need to have coverage - am I grateful that the premium rates are extortionary? Oh sure. Despite reasonable deductibles and HSA accounts to squeeze out what ever advantage I have, I'm being clobbered every year with near ly 10% increases in premium costs (who wouldn't be grateful for that?
Tax the rich? Mathematically it's a dead end. Lower middle class people THINK that they're taxes to death when in reality they pay very little in federal income taxes. America is in a state of decline, we've dumbed down so far that we can't solve something as important and fundamental as health insurance reform.