As for hearing any worthwhile suggestions, have you actually read any of the 4 major proposals that are floating around right now? I mean READ them, not get the talk show 30 second synopsis of them.
Half my family is in medicine and the other half is in systems analysis so we have unbearable discussions on these things on a regular basis, actually getting into the meat of the issues, not the fluff that the talkradio or Cable TV guys yammer about. And there are solutions out there but they are not going to be simple and they are not going to be easy for anyone.
Really? Half of you family is in health care and you are for nationalizing it?
A large portion of my family is involved in healthcare as well. I personally know and felt the impact of the healthcare changes enacted under Clinton. I know people in healthcare that were laid off. I know people in healthcare that took pay cuts.
The changes for the worse in healthcare have continued. I have friends and family that have left the industry due to the changes, the increased paper work, the increased BS, the decreased quality of care they can provide. These are changes implemented by gov't agencies not private industry.
If the other half of your family is in analysis you should know how statistics are skewed. The results are different depending on not just the questions asked but the way they are asked. You should know that statistics can be sliced and diced to paint the picture you want to support your point of view.
I have been involved in some of those studies and have seen the BS involved to skew the results.
Have you seen the statisics on the number of people that do not have health insurance because they "do not get sick" and don't want to spend the money. Last couple of times I looked these numbers are no longer published in studies.
Have you seen the statisics on the number of people that "can not afford" health insurance yet have cable TV, and smoke 1 or more packs of cigs a day?
There are so many ways the published numbers are skewed and screwed with it is not even funny. I could continue to list examples but why bother? It will not change the minds of those that feel to gov't needs to protect people from themselves.
This country loves to punish those people that take responsibility for themselves and reward those who do not.