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Dulfite said:
IcaroRibeiro said:

This is a stereotypical upper middle class reasoning. Upper middle class and upper classes USA citizens have higher income than Europeans or East Asians, while the lower income classes struggle because the lack of public services and welfare

I said either good or platinum insurance, and working class Americans have at least good insurance plans by and large. People working fast food jobs? No, they don't, but according to a 2020 survey I just pulled up 72% of Americans identify as part of the middle class. So only 28% are rich or poor. So yeah, when I talk about data and there is a supermajority of people in a certain class of life, that is what I'm going to talk about. More than 3/4's of Americans are doing just fine, possibly more than 4/5's of Americans, and don't need more insurance help funded by ridiculously high taxes. The poor needing more aid? Sure, let's address that, but not at the expense of the middle class like it is right now with this invisible tax on the middle class disguised as inflation.

A survey on what class people self-identify as is a pretty terrible foundation for an argument, because it is absolutely rife with bias. If you actually look at income, the number of individuals in the middle class drops to about 50%.

However, even still, someone in the middle class isn't necessarily "doing just fine". These individuals may be struggling with various forms of debt, or lack the income flexibility to be able to account for sudden influxes in health care costs. For a single person household, the "middle class" is considered to start around $25k, which leaves a pretty small room for error. That means that about 20% of their wage would go to health insurance were they to purchase an average individual plan, and even if you are insured a medical emergency can still come with a plethora of additional costs. Also, with health insurance often tied to employment, individuals are still at high risk in the case of an economic downturn such as the pandemic. The middle class is also losing financial ground, with its share of income decreasing relative to the full economy.

If instead of looking at the question under the assumption that self identifying as "middle class" means you are "doing just fine" and instead ask individuals if they are worried about whether they will be able to afford health insurance, about 66% of Americans expressed some degree of worry. This is reflected in the coverage that people have. About 43% are inadequately insured, with 12.5% uninsured and another 9.5% having lapses in insurance. About half of the inadequately insured population had trouble paying medical bills over the last year, and even among those fully insured, about a quarter of them had problems with paying medical bills. 

Our health insurance system is a disaster and acting like is isn't a problem because people self identify as middle class is pure nonsense.