I'd really like to see an honest debate on how to solve our problems, but as long as the general population is spoon-fed BS and bumper sticker slogans, we will continue on the same crash course indefinately.
Yes, and addressing much of the rest of what you said as well...
Disease does (sort of) happen randomly. But that does not mean that it can't be caused though. Some people get lung cancer for no known reason. But we know that if you smoke you are much more likely to get it. And some smokers live to be very old with no obvious health effects from smoking.
Some people get in car accidents. We know that driving fast increases the risk of accidents. Some people drive very fast and never have or cause an accident. Yet we charge people for driving fast, for exposing others to the risk, by giving them traffic tickets. Let's give people health tickets for risky behaviors that drive up costs for everyone.
I don't like the idea that people are forced to buy insurance. I don't think the "reform" passed last year is perfect. But it is something. I'm not sure I would have voted for it but I think the attacks of it are just plain vindictive and idiotic. People who don't buy health insurance when they can afford it are stupid! They need to either be force to do it, forced to pay if they get sick, or allowed to die. As much as I don't like the "nanny government" I also see people every day buying a couple of packs of cigarettes at $5 a pop ($300/month) then saying they can't afford health insurance at the same price.
This country (the USA) spends something like 17% of GDP on health care. Simply reducing that a little by improving overall health and making the system more efficient would solve the problem! I'm not a health nut or fitness fanatic. I could lose a few pounds and probably eat way too many potato chips.
But I have no doubt that if we simply improved the diet and exercise habits of Americans a little bit and cut back on health care bureaucracy a tiny bit as well, the savings would be enormous!