There is a great discussion about health care from March, 2000 over at the Washington Monthly between Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik. I was particularly moved by this:
The crucial point is, I think, the difference in social tone between a society in which universal access to medical care is taken for granted and one in which it is something that weighs constantly on all of us, even though some of us are lucky to have good insurance, and becomes an omnipresent preoccupation to the lower middle classes and to the working poor. It’s enormous.
I think I side mostly with Gopnick, but Gladwell raises some interesting points via some spectacular thinking. There needs to be more of this kind of discussion around healthcare.
The full text can be read here.