I agree with you, but you do have to take into consideration the factor of spending your 20s in school and not making decent money until your 30s (or in my case, 40s.)
Plus, there are the people who went into medicine when it really was a guarantee of the Mercedes Benz, country club, vacation home, private school for the kids way of life, and have been let down. I do have sympathy for them. After all, medicine used to be a unique way for nerds who don't have the social skills to make it in the business world to nonetheless make a lot of money. If the fiduciary rewards of medicine shrink too far, we nerds will be stuck with engineering jobs that max out at $80k while the only people willing to do medicine will be people who want to do it solely as an altruistic endeavor and women who want to do it part-time while partially relying on their husbands' full-time income.
I'll just say this...I am 30...and have spent my 20's making barely enough to live on according to some on this board.
I make about 60K or so...and have owned/borrowed from the bank 3 different houses, drive a decent vehicle that I bought new and paid off (30K), am married, have put the wife through Nursing school, own Season football and basketball tickets to a local D-1 college which requires donation, and spend nearly ever summer weekend at the lake of the ozarks riding on our 2005 Waverunner.
It's not a lot, but it's certainly above "comfortable" in my opinion..so, even with about 200K in Student Loans, i'm guessing if I make 150-200K, I'll be just fine.
Like I said, it's all a matter of what you consider "comfortable"...i would say having a decent, reliable car, a decent house...a retirement account, and having some play money is "comfortable".
It seems some don't feel comfortable unless they have the best of everything. There are a TON of people in this country that survive quite well on less than 50K a year. They just don't choose to live in some of the areas that have outrageous cost of living numbers.
My biggest fear for the future of the profession is someone getting in power and being able to move us more toward socialized medicine...but that's another subject.