I work in the medical field for 2 different hospitals.
The privet sector you might get seen a little faster but the level of care is the same. Plus the waits are growing as most hospitals are understaffed. The economic crisis is making that worse as hospitals are starting to lay off employees or cut hours. I have had my hours cut at my primary job since June of last year. Add in the fact we lost over 20 million last year from indigent care. (people who receive treatment then never pay the bill.) It doesn't paint a pretty picture for health care.
On a personal level. I have several family members and friends who don't have health insurance. There jobs don't offer it and they can't afford to get it on there own. I have one very good friend who is only 40 and needs a hip replacement because of an accident he had several years ago, but just can't afford it.
So, I think every American should get health care. There has to be away to make it work that everyone is covered by insurance, and at the same time insuring that there are not long lines waiting to get care.
And for you guys who don't know Medicaid and Medicare already control health care. They set pricing for services rendered, and they pretty much determine what treatment gets done to go along with what diagnoses your admitted under. By saying what they will pay for and what they wont. Other privet health insurances usually follow what ever they do.
Edited by stwall, 15 February 2009 - 02:19 AM.