This may be true (I'm not saying I agree with it), but it's still beside the point. My point was that Americans in general prefer choice due to what has been ingrained in us culturally. This is what makes something like a single government provider system a hard sell to many people.
My point was because it is so "sacred", "Freedom"* in the US is little more than a slogan you use to browbeat each other politically, which then makes it impossible to use the word in a serious or meaningful way.
That's a sad story, and indeed does illustrate a problem with the current healthcare system.
Well, I happen to have a friend here in America who worked for 25 years in construction, eventually becoming a certified plumber, and also a mechanic. Then a few years ago, in his mid-forties, he decided to leave the job he was doing to come care for his very elderly, widowed mother for a while. He just got diagnosed with cancer and has been told that since he is currently uninsured and cannot possibly afford treatment, he will most likely die in the next 12 months.