Pumpkin Seeds, I see your perspective, but we can't have the best of everything. There are certain advantages to living in a country such as Finland or England, where healthcare is essentially free (despite enormous taxes). However, do you know how long it takes to see a doctor there, or how difficult it is to start a business there? Someone who works their butt off in the United States through creativity can easily carve out a very success life for themselves. This is the primary reason why the US is the most powerful nation in the world. It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everyone is entitled to certain benefits, and turn into any other ordinary country in the world.
Perhaps I am in the minority here, but I firmly believe that even today, hard work can guarantee a secure life in the US - with healthcare coverage. Americans, even today, like hearing success stories, and we reward that success through monetary means. It is nice to know that having a unique vision, and working creatively to that endeavor can provide you with instant medical care, unlimited choices for healthcare, etc.
But yes, I do agree that for the average person living in the US, things are not ideal. I guess the reality is that the US is an amazing country for people with above average financial means. Personally, I respond to that positively by seeing the benefits of such a system - that ambition and hard work yields immense benefits.