Hippocrates has reached escape velocity in his ossuary. I have a few statements on the health care issues, and I'll remind everyone I have a vested interest in the health care issue. I'm now the only non-covered person in my family. I think the entire approach needs to be scrubbed. Kill the whole deal and start over. I'm going to work on basic logical principles here, as well as some personal beliefs that seem to make sense to me. First, the Hippocratic oath states "First do no harm." Nexxo, I'm sure you remember this part. As it stands, the American health care system does plenty of harm, both in refusal of care and in sheer neglect. So, first and foremost, they have epic failed in their duty. In all my study of Galen, Hippocrates, and so many other first doctors, I do not see a prime motivator of money, I see a prime motivator of helping others, and a community response of taking care of the needs of the doctor in exchange for his services. Second, we have the issue of a free-market health care system. That, by its very nature implies a few things, and one of them is that there is equal opportunity in the market, which there is not. Therefore, it's not a free market-it's a controlled economy, one whose prices are dictated not by skill but fear. The market is not equally accessible to all, and the playing field isn't level. Also, the quote that I most commonly hear about a lack of insurance is "Get a job," followed by "Get a better job." Neither is an answer to the dilemma. I'm employed full time in sales, in a non-minimum wage job. To purchase insurance which covers practically nothing from my job would cost me over $200 a paycheck, or over $400 a month. To be added to my wife's BC/BS would be over $600 a month, or almost my monthly rent over again. Insurance is inaccessible at that point. It is "offered," in a deal that makes sure that I cannot take advantage of it. Furthermore, I am often told that people simply don't care it's inaccessible. The subtext that I'm getting from the anti-universal care people (I didn't specify how it's run) is that not everyone deserves care. Let me repeat that. There are human beings who I have spoken to who have tacitly or explicitly stated that fellow human beings do not deserve medical care. As Americans, do we not deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? By saying that, they are denying their fellow man the right to life-as medical care is the preservation of life. I thought those were inalienable rights... (BTW, it's not the pursuit of happiness. The pursuit of happiness is an altogether different thing.) And I want to attempt to understand doctors who go along with denial of insurance for those truly sick. I understand the reasoning for an insurance company, but by flatly denying health care, are you not breaking the oath you have sworn to uphold? The only tenable solution I see is to completely reform not only the health care system, but also the judicial system as it stands-the troubles in medicine go hand in hand with the troubles there. **** frivolous lawsuits. In fact, punish frivolous lawsuits. In addition, cap damages. The malpractice suits have ruined the cost scales of medicine. Law and medicine should not mix as they do. I'd love to see a system in which egregious errors were compensated by free medical treatment, recompense for lost time at work, and serious investigation of the doctor's practice-and no more. Instead of patting doctors on the head for tuning away patients, a doctor who refused care and the patient died would be charged with negligent homicide-because ANY OTHER PERSON WHO DID THAT WOULD GO TO JAIL. American law. Make them subject to it. Fairness-don't strip all money from a doctor or hospital for malpractice, correct the issue. Don't reward killing others-make them just as accountable. If they're doctors, make them act like it. Institute a peer advisory board, so the doctors could police actions and help each other. I've seen too many doctors who are good doctors, skilled at their profession and making poor choices because they're overworked or simply mistreated themselves. I've been prescribed dangerous medication and misdiagnosed because I had to deal with doctors with no support system. Also, I didn't have any rights as a patient, really. There was nobody there for a second opinion, no assistance, I couldn't get any help-insurance or no. Incentivize insurance. Businesses should realize the healthier their workers are, the better that they are able to work. That's incentive to me enough, but instead of kickbacks for denying care, why not invest those kickbacks into preventative care? That's money already there, not a request for tax dollars. I think so much of it could be fixed by repairing misappropriation. In my own opinion, it is my responsibility to take care of my neighbor as myself. Yes, that's a Judeo-Christian idea, I'm a minister. I'm allowed them. In that wise, I am willing to be taxed more for that. Yes, I am agreeing to taxes for a specific reason. The problem I see with that is while I have no problem with that, I hear everyone else saying that it's my money, and I don't want to help anyone with it. Maybe altruism is dead. However, being sick, I don't want my neighbors to suffer what I live through. Maybe it's terminal illness that makes me feel that way. I dont have an explanation for that-I simply feel that it is right. In my heart, I feel that basic health care is a human right with the advances in health care and the abilities we have. If not a right, a responsibility-to take care of each other, because we're all that we have. Maybe this is all op-ed. My logic may be flawed, but I have an opinion, and I'll be damned if I won't at least attempt to express it. Attack me, agree or indifferent, this isn't a discussion that we can win-it's simply a dialogue. BTW, government health care as the bills express it isn't socialist, it's fascist. Socialism the government owns the means of production, fascism the people own the means, the government dictates the production. At least I have one good fact for people.