I am old enough to remember the first family Doctor we had made house calls. Doctors in our town were valued members of the community who billed privately and even excepted home cooked meals or deserts from families who were not doing well financially. The Doctors lived in great big houses and for the most part were able to live rewarding lives and be leaders in the community.
Local hospitals were non- profit. Every person was admitted not by any insurance program, but because they were in medical need. Billing was worried about later. Families never lost their homes not being able to pay their hospital bills and payment schedules were made in a way that reflected a families income.
If you worked for a major corporation your health benefit was a perk that attracted you to work for a company. Not today. No pensions, poor health care benefits, and working conditions that only immigrants wanting a better life want to do to provide for their families.
Then it all went wrong. Some capitalist decided I'll make Health Care all about profit. No more Non-profit hospitals, but owned by big business. Then pharmaceuticals started inventing new medicines that were priced so high it started to drag the insurance companies profit down. Hospitals billed $10.00 for a BandAide if you had insurance.
I've got one solution for Health Care Reform. Make it all non-profit if it is going to be a National Program. Yes people working in the field of Health Care in the front line should be well paid. It is just so wrong that CEO's of big Hospital Groups make millions, that Pharmaceuticals rape the public and try to put profit above caring.
Yes I want everyone to have Health Care. I want it back to the way it was in the 1950's. Capitalism and greed when it comes to basic rights do not mix.
Obama Care will never work because they tried to keep Profit involved. Special interest groups ruined a good idea. You can't go back in time, but you can learn from the past.