Hi there, and welcome to ... um ... my comments section! (Since I can't welcome you to a journal you've been reading for a while.)
Health care is definitely a bigger problem among the artists and counterculture types that predominate among furry circles. I, too, have had the experience of dragging a friend kicking and screaming to a clinic for preventive care that really couldn't be put off any longer. (In this case, a diabetes test. Which was, in fact, the problem.)
But that it's a big deal among our circle doesn't mean there's a disconnect -- the problem is real, and it's real nationwide. I've had health insurance about half my life, and I've had nothing but hassles every time I need medical care whether I have insurance or not.
If you want to get a feel for the scope of the problem, browse through the blog Political Animal
sometime. Health care is one of Kevin Drum's favorite recurring topics, and probably every statistic I've cited was one I found via his blog.
Also, just to comment on something downthread - I can't quite tell who was taking what tone, but in context it sounded like the Captain Obvious line was meant to say he agrees with you. (At any rate, you, me and baphnedia
are saying the same thing, and I can't imagine his intention was to insult all of us.)