Not me, America...
The manufactured storm about medical insurance in the United States, smugly labeled by conservatives as “Obamacare”, continues to rage, while millions suffer from medical problems.
Somewhere, someone is making money from human suffering and bureaucrats are stonewalling.
I have paid significant amounts of money over the years from medical insurance (socialized medicine) and do not regret the expensive. All my costs have been covered. That said, the biggest benefit is peace-of-mind. Like any insurance, one hopes to never have to make a claim, but one is happy to have the coverage when a claim becomes necessary.
I am certain that the insurance company has made a profit with me (can’t be bothered to do the math), but I do not mind. I have happy to have been able to sleep well and look forward to sleeping well until I no longer awake...
So, what is wrong with the human race? What gene causes the obsession with money? Animals don't seem to have this gene. I can understand basic economic need to provide necessities, but there comes a point where enough tips into too much.
There's a saying: It's not what you know; it's who you know. The corollary with money could be: It's not how much money you have; it's how you got that money. It's hard to imagine why anyone with money would look down their noses at other people with money, but it happens. The worst kind are those that have inherited wealth. They seem to think that being born is somehow superior to toiling, taking entrepreneurial risks, or winning the lottery. Man is a strange animal.
Okay, I like money as much as the next the person, but am not greedy. I have been fortunate enough in life to have live a comfortable life, to have never been in debt and to be able to buy most things I desired (except the Gulfstream V, of course). Languishing in a hospital causes one to consider such foolish issues. It helps to have a comprehensive health insurance, which will pay all the bills.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.