Elizabeth, thank you for your kindness in responding however I have walked more than a mile in your shoes. I am the son of a career military officer who during his life probably never made more than 40,000. We lived mostly in base housing and shopped at the commissary. We did have hospitals but you can imagine after WWII and Korean with the cutbacks the care was not the best. I worked my way through college, there were no student loans so I worked every day washing dishes, doing janitorial work, raking leaves and so on. Never had a car or belonged to a fraternity. During the summers I worked in steel mills, moving vans, the post office, landscaping, coal mines, ar washes and that sort of stuff.
I went in the military myself and to make a long story short I was wounded in 1972 and spent 14 months in a hospital having 23 surgeries. On discharge I had a case of PTSD for the record books and I ended up in the biggest recession we had seen since the depression. I went to work in a brokerage house with no safety net I either sank or a I swam. I had only rudimentary training in the art of investment. I made 100 phone calls a day 5 days a week for 5 years before I earned enough to live a year without going into debt. Making those calls is as hard work as anyone will ever do, think about being rejected 500 times a week. I never took a dollar of federal aid, and I never used my GI Bill for college, I was going to do this myself. I just plain busted my chops for years. The privilege you speak of now allows me to work 14 hours a day at age 70 quite some privilege.
Yes I have been successful but not because of silver spoons or anything else, anyone could have done what I did, I just had more guts and persistence than most and a unwillingness to allow myself to be a victim or to excuse my failures rather I learned from mine.
What is most important to me is that after all the struggles I still get up every morning at 5 am and look in the mirror and see a person who has not abandoned his core principals and who looks forward everyday to helping others realize their dreams. I own my business and if I screw up I loose it and everything. My liabilities are unlimited. I have a staff of 9 and I pay health care insurance for all of them so I know first hand the cost of health insurance and mess we have made of the system. The money I earn comes not from privilege but as a reward for doing a good job for people.
What I was really getting at in the response you commented on was the promiscuous use of language. This debate is not about healthcare it is about who will pay for healthcare. If you can’t define the issue you can’t solve the problem.
Best Regards and Good Luck