This is a very sad and very unusual case. I lived in the U.K. for 8 years. While there were problems with the NHS, it was far better than what we have had before, during and after the ACA. (BTW: we are in the “after” because the president’s EO on healthcare basically guts the ACA without congress having to do anything. The IRS is no longer enforcing the individual mandate, and the subsidies are being doled out monthly with no security that they will be doled out the next month. This has cause insurance companies including my own to drop out of the marketplace in fear that they would not get their $$).
Before the ACA, my mom went bankrupt after an operation. She paid $800 a month for health insurance for decades. When she finally needed her health insurance, they dumped her. President Obama was elected to office on his promise to give us universal healthcare. What we got was universal insurance paid for by us and the government. A huge redistribution of wealth from the middle classes and the government (tax dollars) to the insurance companies. We never got the universal healthcare we were promised, and insurance companies did everything they could to deny claims. My doctor said that after the ACA, insurance companies began coding things differently to reduce the things that they cover. Basically, they looked for loopholes in the law so that they would not reduce their profit margins. The shame of it all.
All of this talk of Baby Charlie and death panels ignores the fact that a national health service would indeed benefit the large majority of Americans. Imagine if you could get healthcare when you needed it without being afraid of a $2000 bill (I went to the doc for a routine checkup and ended up with a $2000 bill for labs). The ACA “preventative” services are really “early detection” services. Imagine if you could get true preventative healthcare: a nutritionist who can help you map out a diet and exercise plan, smoking cessation help, drug treatment programs (instead of prison). This would keep the general populace healthy, working and contributing taxes.
Death panels and baby Charlie are a distraction from the real issue: a large number of Americans are already on a National Health Service: veterans, medicaid recipients, the elderly, and Congress, etc. This is paid for by the rest of us through taxes, and yet, I still have to pay $700/month for insurance that doesn’t pay when I go to the doctor.