"...ruin what we now appreciate..."
You're right - I sure do APPRECIATE that my employer decided to change insurers, so I went from a health plan that would easily cover the DS to one that would not conver ANY WLS at all for any reason, but I still paid the same premiums out of my paycheck.
I absolutely APPRECIATE that I will have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket under my current health insurance when I get pregnant and have a baby.
How could I not APPRECIATE that someone who works part-time at Starbucks is offered better health benefits than me when I'm working 50+ hours a week doing a job most people who understand it try to avoid?
And how could I forget to APPRECIATE the fact that if I were to lose my job or benefits for some reason, I wouldn't be able to qualify for hardly any private insurance plans (thanks to having had surgery within the past few years, not to mention a type 2 diabetes diagnosis), and those I COULD qualify for would cost me an arm and a leg each month.
Yeah, this US healthcare system is absoloutely fabulous.
There's no such thing as perfect, but what we have is so money-driven that no one gives a **** about our actual health. I'm not saying the current legislation is the ultimate fix, but our system does need to be FIXED, and, as we all know, admitting there is a problem is the first step toward recovery :)