Mother was actually quite progressive. (Just kidding. This young entrepreneur was charging to pose for pictures at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. I gave her $1.00.)
Apropos to today's discussion of health care reform, I can't resist sharing a bit of advice my mother once gave me. It was the early sixties, at the latest, when my mother, who was paying bills at the time, looked up and told me that I should never be without health insurance. Mother had "Blue Cross/Blue Shield." She went on to tell me that "it's cheap enough and you could lose everything if you have to go into the hospital and have no health insurance."
I should add that Mother, at the time, was a divorced single parent working as a bookkeeper for a small electronics supply firm in Wilmington, Delaware. That firm did not subsidize her Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and she never made very much money, yet she could afford the premium to cover both of us. How did we get from there to here? --EFP