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.
The problem with government medicine is that medical care becomes a government job. How much time must modern physicians spend filling out forms? The administrative mantra today is "If it isn't documented, it didn't happen."
I am old enough to remember the arguments that we should stop talking about mental illness and focus instead of mental health. I work at an involuntary facility, where most of us rolled our eyes at that latest attempt to change reality by renaming things. Most of my co-workers believed these language police did actually mean well, trying to reduce stigma and give people hope. Others of us were suspicious from the start that the change in language focus opened up whole new worlds for getting paid to work with troubled people who aren't as sick and dangerous.
Soooo...now there are many more psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, etc in America - but my hospital has a waiting list of fifty, all languishing in ER's waiting for a bed. Why would anyone work for us? The pay isn't great, and the patients are sicker, more insulting and more dangerous.
Assistant Village Idiot