What's your experience, did you break a leg once in high school?
No. Got concussed pretty bad in DS-1. Caught some shrapnel in 2004. But the Army took good care of that.
Right now I pay for private health insurance and recieve excellent care for the usual over 50 crap.
That being said you do know that someone paid for your care, even if you didn't, like the tax payers of California.
So...did you or did you not pay for the shrapnel to get removed? Or did the govt do that? Obviously they should as you're working for them and placed in a high risk situation. What is wanted here though is the same thing to be done for those in less extreme situations. Not necessarily to have the govt pay for it, but for ALL employers to guarantee it. Because, fact is, life itself is risky, and sometimes shit happens through no fault of your own.
It's nice that you're able to afford health insurance, but this issue is about people who can't. Like me, and no I didn't pay for it I was 3 months old, would you rather I died as a baby? I rather think health care for such fundamental needs should be a right. Yes it costs some, but it also benefits us by enabling a more productive workforce, and enabling people like me to contribute to society where I couldn't before (particularly in reference to fixing my hearing loss, making it possible for me to pursue being a professor).
Lets take another example from real life about a normal person, not a wealthy politician, not a premier, just a mom of three kids. I've just read this, posted on facebook by a friend I've known +10 years:
"Last year I had a rare form of breast cancer. I had surgery to take it out, and my surgeon wanted to do a mastectomy. I refused, and did Gerson Therapy for 9 months. During this time, I couldn't get an oncologist, and was refused by the breast cancer specialist. my referal to ucsf never went thru. now I'm refused a pap by planned par[enthood]. because I had cancer."
That's what it's really like for people here. Yeah maybe Canada has a waiting line, but at least you can get seen.
(also note her going for the woo-woo gerson diet... if we want to really fight the alternative therapy hokum we need to fight to make the real stuff more available)