I've seen and read quotes from place after place and can honestly UNDERSTAND peoples' IDEOLOGICAL mistrust of so called government run healthcare and the public option. But I have personal experiences that might help illuminate why folks like me would be in support of "Obama Care".
For >12 years I worked for the state but had privatized insurance. I paid more and more every year and less and less benefit. This was a trend that continued, consecutively, for ten years. Basically I had to pay in the neighborhood of $9500 (~6000 to cover us, plus a deductible that went from 350 each in year 1 to almost 1500 each in year 8) for insurance for me and my family. Also, the so called "choice of doctors" was a complete illusion. Our family doctor was basically whomever came from a list that the provider gave us. But we never met the deductible, even when we never missed a scheduled appointment. So insurance was a wash. Wasted money.
Then when my youngest was born, she was born very, very early. Like brink of death early. Insurance would have left us bankrupt. BUT, it just so happened that North Carolina had a program, started years ago, where newborns under certain metrics lived in the hospital until they out of the water. You didn't pay what you couldn't live with, it was all budgeted as part of the program. Of course we still didn't choose the doctor, but she got great care and got out of the hospital without even any loss of sight or lung function. Which is to say she got fucking exceptional care. The reason for the program was that even couples where both spouses made 100K or more still couldn't afford care like this and would, quite literally, be bankrupt within days of the child's birth if they depended on what their insurance companies would cover. The government cut the insurance companies out of the picture altogether to provide the care.
So, for me at least, it's a choice between a "private, free(er) market" choice where everybody gets screwed year after year until they actually need the insurance they pay for and it's all of a sudden making itself as scarce as a monogamous politician, or a government run system that actually provides care, on the budget it is given (much of which doesn't come directly from tax payer dollars).
Health Insurance companies are just like home and car insurance companies. They make money by screwing you every way from Sunday and then disappearing when it's time for you to recover on the "benefit" you've been paying for. So yeah, I think government healthcare can work, and I sure as hell don't mind paying a little more for something I actually see some benefit in having. Which I NEVER did with private insurance.
If my daughter was a drag on the system and basically paid for by tax payer dollars (which isn't where a lot of the money came from btw), then it sure as hell wasn't ameliorated by the private system that sucks money out but never pays up for anything beyond routine checks and vaccines, which I could have paid for personally and saved about 9/10 of what I paid.
To hell with healthcare the way it is set up now. It's a fucking racket and the unseen branch of government (lobbyists) are paid well to make sure nobody concentrates on that over the idea of "government taking over" something
edit to give the short version of what I'm getting at:
you know how they say the problem with politics is all the damn politicians?
Well, the problem with healthcare are the damn healthcare providers.
There are so many dildos out there, you''d think setting their phones to vibrate would come naturally. ---SUAF
greedy capitalist/liberal-elitist/gun-toting profit monger
We'll wake the dead motherfucker. Fuck you. ---- Fallen513