Re: Nunyabiznes - @ Haefen - Canada and China not so different
I said *I* didn't know of anybody. Has it happened? Probably. But there were many avenues to health care available before ACA and you might have to get off your ass and look for help.
Our system worked fine for many years until the freeloaders overwhelmed the system by refusing to have health insurance and then multiplying the problem by not taking care of themselves. Now we have doctors retiring early because it just isn't worth the hassle dealing with all of the government bs. I'm not talking about the specialty care docs that make enough per hour that they only have to see a few patients and they can afford to have someone to do the paperwork. I'm talking about primary care physicians that used to work with people who couldn't afford full charges, who volunteered at clinics, had reasonable rates, etc. Many have decided to either specialize or quit and go teach or in one case *I* know of retrain as a technician on medical equipment because the take home pay was better per hour. Work less take home the same.
If you don't think our system has gotten significantly worse you are not paying attention. Since apparently you don't live here that is reasonable.
It does astound me that so many people who don't live here and have never experienced the level of care available are so vociferous about our system. Hey, if you like your system more power to you. Just don't make us ruin ours by trying to poorly imitate yours.