We have gone from health insurance being used for catastrophic events or illnesses to expecting the insurance to pay for every medical expense we have. I would equate it to expecting your auto insurance to pay for a new battery, oil change....etc.
When did it become the employers' responsibility to pay for your health care? Sometime between the 50's and 70's I think.
The out of control costs of medical care are difficult for me to understand. Advancements in care, new diagnostic equipment, legal liabilities, and health care workers salaries are all reasons that the cost of health care is demanding more of our pay. The brightest minds are going to law school instead of medical school since they can make more money as a lawyer. I don't want my cardiologist to be making $60,000 a year and the guy that sues him for malpractice to be making $750,000-$1,000,000 a year. The cardiologist can save my life. Insert your own lawyer joke here.
All of this rambling to say that there is no easy answer to this problem. And, I'll agree that figuratively stomping your feet and demanding that government acquiesce to what you want is probably not going to change much. There are million of voters in this state that won't have much sympathy for you as they fight the same battle every day with corporate America and small businesses. Most voters will not let their vote be decided on a single issue.
I say this with the utmost sincerity and no sarcasm, if you don't like how you are treated, go work somewhere else in another field and see how you are treated there. If there is a teacher shortage, then the state and school districts will have to pay more for qualified teachers.