I have a similar story (from Canada). When I was 17, my left lung collapsed spontaneously. Six months later, the right lung collapsed. Both times it required two operations - one to insert a chest tube to reinflate the lung, and a second surgery that was a full-on, open-chest, rib-spreader, staple-the-lung-to-the-chest-wall surgery. I was a healthy, normal 17-year old prairie kid with no bad habits - who just happened to have this happen to him. The doctors still don't seem to know what causes spontaneous pneumothorax - it's just one of those things that sometimes happens to tall, skinny teenage boys.
All four operations (including hospital stays, ongoing x-rays, post-op, etc.) cost me and my family absolutely nothing. As a direct result, my brother, sister and I were able to stay in university and finish our degrees. We all got decent jobs, and we each own houses and multiple cars now. In short, because my operations were free, four households (including my parents') were able to become high-purchasing consumers, contributing to a strong and thriving economy. If we had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the operations, I'm guessing all four households would be barely above the poverty line - a drain on society as opposed to contibutors.
Universal healthcare means a prosperous middle-class - and the middle-class should be the main driver of your economy. Everyone wins. This is a good idea, my American friends. In this survivor's opinion, you should do everything you can to support it.
Yeah, I'm sure the Health Care system in Canada is just Perfect, that everyone who needs an operation gets one, everyone that needs drugs for this or that gets it. While your story is a good one, I'm sure there are bad stories to.
I saw a story on the local news about a woman with some kind of cancer, I think it was breast cancer in Britain or was it Canada
and she said she was on a waiting list that was just to long, and by the time they would have got to her, it would be to late. She managed to get to the USA where some evil private insurance company helped her out for free so I'm glad things turned out well for her.
Would government run health care really make the middle class more wealthy? There is no such thing as a free lunch. Uncle Sam will have to charge high health premiums to pay for this universal health care and sure to an extent he can do that to the evil rich CEO's in America. It's just to bad those big evil rich companies than wont be able to hire as many middle class working people, and that the companies will have to raise the prices on their products.