"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
In fact, I feel concern for people in general. Their well being is my well being to some extent. I live in a society, not next to it.
Concern for the well being of others is the fondation of society. Concern for your children, concern for your parents, concern for your family, concern for your neighboors, concern for the old lady who lives all alone on the other side of the street etc. Concern for your fellow citizens. Concern for sick people. And from a certain stadium, obesity is a sickness or causes other sicknesses: heart diseases, cholesterol, problems with the back or the knees, or both, uterus bleeding etc.
Charities and insurances are based on this feeling of concern for others. In charities, resources are pooled together in order to fund research in a certain area - Can be cancer or any other deadly illness. If you fund a charity fighting heart deceases, you'll support programs teaching people how to lower the risk of heart disease including programs fighting obesity.... In insurances, resources are also pooled together to pay for the very high costs of particular illnesses. The less people will get ill, the more resources the insurances will have. It des not matter whether it's a private or a public insurance: they all work according to the same principles.
You can of course live like a bear in your cavern but most people don't
In Australia we basically have a two tier system. We all pay into the "free health" scheme but if we want to go private we can. It is the best of both worlds. You don't have to be rich to use the private system. A family cover can cost you around $50.00 per week and a single person can obtain cover for around $25 per week. I don't have to worry about going broke to pay my medical bills ever. I don't have to worry that if i get sick, my Insurance Company will decide they don't want to pay my claim. I choose the level of cover i want and pay the appropriate premium for the level of cover selected. The choice is mine. Not the health funds.
Coming from a Country that has a working UHC scheme, i don't understand such anger and animosity at the thought of the government having some control over your health care. It's not like what you have now is working or anything special. While you are so hell bent on shouting down the public option, all you are doing is lobbying to keep pouring money into the pockets of insurance companies who have been the ones rationing healthcare as you see it today. The health insurance companies do not care about you, if they did they would not focus so much of their time trying to get out of paying claims and compromising yours and your families health while premiums keep increasing.
At the end of the day, it's really not much good having some of the best health care facilities and Doctors in the world (which the US do), if people don't have access to it in a timely and afforable manner.