We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know we hate government compulsion, and believe that government one-size-fits-all stuff fits about as well as a Mao jacket. My examples are, for a few, what if you're a Christian Scientist? What if you're wealthy and want to self-insure? What if you only want Major Medical (which I believe is the only thing that makes sense anyway)?
When they talk about medical insurance, they sneakily speak as if it were equivalent to medical care. It is not.
A reminder to readers on Medicare:
Give your doc a nice Christmas gift. He or she is losing money each time you see him in the office. A little - or a lot - of appreciation is in order, because you are the recipient of their charity and good will. They don't have to do it. Something special like this often goes over well:
Heck, I always give my docs a Christmas something even though I am not on Medicare yet.
"When they talk about medical insurance, they sneakily speak as if it were equivalent to medical care. It is not."
It will be, because the next step is to ban doctors from taking payment that doesn't come through approved insurers (that's what they did here, and in the UK, etc. etc.), so anything not covered by the government approved packages doesn't get paid, thus not done.
There is another group for Christians call Samaritan Ministries. We have been members for a year and are very pleased. It costs one third what we were paying to Blue Cross. It is not actual insurance but a cost sharing plan.
I remember when Laphroaig was a new thing in the States, late 60s or early 70s. It sold for $10 a bottle, and people worried about offering it to their friends, who on first sip usually said it tasted like iodine! It was quite a change from those watery blends like Cutty Sark