As is always the case, the early lives of this wondrous generation of Americans was marked by ridicule from those members of the previous generations. Lazy, selfish, too focused on fun, undependable, irresponsible, etc. The same criticisms that have been leveled at every generation by its predecessors were directed at them as well. But again, as is frequently the case, when faced with the very destruction of the life they had come to love, when liberty, self-determination and freedom were at risk, they rose as one to the challenge, and with unwavering resolve, self-sacrifice and a fixation on the end goals, they brought the country (and correspondingly, the world) back from the edge of ruin.
The second biggest challenge was health care, or to be more precise, paying for health care. While the baby boomer generation had died off a generation before, the debt associated with their unprecedented longevity, the medical professions cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry to prescribe a pill for every ailment, health insurance industry greed that placed profit over patient wellness, and the overall selfishness of a generation told it was the best and brightest but could never figure out that such a title needed to be earned, all had combined to create a perfect storm of private and government debt. To make matters worse, the political will to tell the truth and address the issue was continually masked by media created news bytes which focused the passionate but uninformed electorate into a series of congressional and executive votes that created an atmosphere ripe for political maneuvering but did nothing to solve the problem.
Now, building on the positive aspects of that legislation, this new generation combined the basic tenet of individual responsibility with the understanding that that responsibility extended beyond one’s own self, beyond one’s own family. Gradually, amendments to the law were passed that focused energy on access to health care insurance for all while reducing costs for services most needed. Insurance plans were crafted that addressed individual needs yet priced across broad actuarial models.