walaikum salaam wrt wbt,
The healthcare industry is a billion dollar industry in the US. They and the pharmaceutical industry have incredible lobbies. And an incredible unending supply of $$. It would take A LOT to change it in the US. Obama and Senator Kennedy tried their best but unfortunately don't think it's going to happen.
I haven't had healthcare for years as well
It's kind of scary. Alhamdulillah there is a women's clinic here that has a sliding scale for people. So you can become a patient there and pay out of pocket, it is wayyy less expensive than going to any doctor's office yourself.
Perhaps low income clinics or care is a better model that the gov't should take, but the problem is all those rich lawmakers see no point in healthcare for the poor. They don't want to subsidize anything of course including medicaid and perhaps medicare.
I don't know if people should get private healthcare unless they have like a real condition or are older. It's just so ridiculously expensive. I paid out of pocket for awhile and just realized it was too much. And MS is right, if there is a way, the insurance companies will find it not to pay for something when you need it. Even if you work and full time, many jobs do not provide healthcare nowadays, not to mention all those people still out of work! Sadly it's easier for people to just give away any of their assets and try to get on Medicaid or something than actually try to save for their families or work!
Not sure where you live Palipeach but some states have programs for babies and children to have healthcare so you can look into that.
All I can say is stay health people!! ia