Consider the story of Mary Rose Derks, as told by that flagship of leftist journalism, The New York Times:
Mary Rose Derks was a 65-year-old widow in 1990, when she began preparing for the day she could no longer care for herself. Every month, out of her grocery fund, she scrimped together about $100 for an insurance policy that promised to pay eventually for a room in an assisted living home.
But when she filed a claim with her insurer, Conseco, it said she had waited too long. Then it said Beehive Homes was not an approved facility, despite its state license. Eventually, Conseco argued that Mrs. Derks was not sufficiently infirm, despite her early-stage dementia and the 37 pills she takes each day.
After more than four years, Mrs. Derks, now 81, has yet to receive a penny from Conseco, while her family has paid about $70,000. Her daughter has sent Conseco dozens of bulky envelopes and spent hours on the phone. Each time the answer is the same: Denied.
The same is true of tens of thousands of elderly Americans, and this doesn't include those who couldn't afford to purchase insurance policies in the first place. Among the most common reason for bankrupcy filings in the US is an inability to pay medical bills. Studies show that the nation would actually SAVE money by instituting a single-payer system with for-profit insurance agencies supplementing coverage.The powerful insurance and medical lobbies are one thing, but a majority of Americans want universal healthcare. Among US citizens, only those on the very fringes of political thought - roughly the same percentage as those who still support the Bush administration - are against it.
In every other "developed" nation on the planet, if you get sick, you can go to the doctor, no matter how rich you are. Why not in America? Because greed is more important than humanity.