I am not a bible thumping Republican of yore, nor am I zealously pro-business, but I do think people ought to take economic responsibility for their personal decisions. I certainly don't think our government should provide universal healthcare to everyone and certainly not at my expense; Medicaid is already provided to the poor and private insurance is readily available. Yes, private insurance is more expensive and there are limitations, but one always has the option of being uninsured.
When I got pregnant with Lizzie, I was uninsured. Her father and I were unmarried at the time and we made too much money to qualify for Medicaid, so none of my prenatal care was covered. Did it suck? Yes, but I had options. Get an abortion, move back home with mom where I had full coverage under her medical plan (I was twenty and a student), or suck it up and go to the free clinic. I went to the free clinic. And, it was really awful. Long waits and substandard care was the norm, but at the end of it all I had a beautiful baby girl, a $5000 hospital bill, and a heck of a lot of motivation.
The free clinic experience motivated my ex and I to get off our asses and make a better life for our little family. Within six weeks of Lizzie's birth, her father found a new job that doubled his salary and provided us with family coverage at no additional cost to us. Sure, universal healthcare would have saved us some trips to the free clinic, but I did not want, nor need, a handout. When I chose to have my baby, I embraced the responsibility of that decision. Since then, I have had two more babies, but I have never again visited a free clinic or birthed my baby in a state hospital.
Universal healthcare is a handout. Medicare and Medicaid fill the gaps for those people too poor or infirm to afford health insurance. I live in a city of 90,000 people, yet free clinics are plentiful thanks to the faith communities and positive city initiatives. Let those community organizations continue to provide care to those who don't qualify for the federal programs. They can do it better, cheaper, and more efficiently than our government ever will.