"This system has very few options, really - to make provisions for all and maintain itself at the same time."
On point; because the "system" was not designed to make provisions for all, just to provide maximum "compensation" for the few.
A real counter-argument to the over-the-hill objectors to healthcare reform would be a youth uprising. How about the youth of the nation "tell congress stop prolonging the inevitable on our backs." Each graduating class will have to pay higher and higher rates for the health of themselves and their children regardless of where they purchase insurance, as long as the sky is the limit on test and medical procedures for seniors; and even then they run the risk of being dropped or purged by a private insurer as their health risks increase with age.
I remember a while back a TV commercial that featured this young kid receiving his first paycheck and exclaiming "who the hell is FICA."
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