On a recent trip to Italy, I spoke with a friend who works for a large Italian insurance company. We discussed health insurance. He is an intelligent, well-educated man, one year older than I am. He expressed his bewilderment that any country would place the health care needs of its citizens almost entirely in the hands of for profit entities whose first and foremost concern is dividends for shareholders. I agree: No civilized country would leave so much little regulated power over its citizens' lives in the hands of insurance companies.
If you live in the U.S. and years of pledging allegiance to the flag, chanting "number one" in the face of the obvious, and getting up for your national anthem before sport events have left you under the false impression that you live in a civilized country then read this: Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals. Then, for good measure, read this: 2nd person denied Arizona transplant coverage dies.
Death panels, socialist medicine, government between a patient and his doctor, insurance companies will go out of business, I pledge allegiance to the flag..., God Bless America, America is a Christian nation... that lets the poor die un- or under-insured, too far gone to come to its senses, and deserving of what's coming.