Yes, yes and yes on every single point. I was actually going to type out a very similar response, but you've said everything I wanted to say quite eloquently.
I'm also an early childhood educator, and I'm currently enrolled in a program for family life education. I hope to someday be a parent educator, and possibly do something to work with both parents and child care centers to create a more holistic, cohesive environment for children to learn. It's appalling to me how our government treats education. Especially ECE, which has pretty much been proven to be the most important time in a person's life, as far as development.
I'm also with you on the healthcare issue. I have only had insurance twice in my life- once when I was 19, and working in an office, and again for two years with my employer, up until I quit in August 2011. My husband doesn't have insurance either. It's so frustrating to not be able to get things taken care of when it is needed. We still haven't been able to figure out what my husband's stomach problems are, after years of going to community health centers, and getting referrals for treatments and tests that are outrageously out of our budget, so we just don't get them done. I don't understand how a country that is supposed to be (key phrase "supposed to be") so caring of individuals and it's citizens, can be so incredibly obtuse about this issue.