My point exactly! Perfect example! You played by the rules. You had insurance. Someone else, without insurance (he was breaking the law by the way) affected your life and wound up leaving you with the expense. With medical, if someone who is NOT COVERED, just like the fellow who affected you in the car wreck, gets chronically ill, and a hospital treats that person, in a much broader sense, it affects you too, and everyone else. We all foot the bill. While I disagree with forcing people to buy insurance, I understand that it's intended to keep everyone else from bearing the brunt of those not insured was all. In my anology, where healthcare is concerned, everyone is a car owner and on the road driving, called living! As regards the Canadian system, it's not perfect, no one said it was, and yes people do wait, but if you have a serious issue, they move you to the front of the line. Furthermore, if you don't have health insurance in this country, and you live hand to mouth, as many Americans do (stuff is getting very expensive these days) then you are waiting a long time too, and besides, I don't see mainstream news such as the BBC, bitterly complaining about how fouled up socialized medicine is!!! As a side note.... I happen to live with a chronically ill person. My wife. 19 years. 10 of those years she has been very ill, and as her condition is pre existing, insurance companies won't even touch her for any reasonable amount of money. Am I bitter about insurance companies? You-bet-I-am! I've sat up all night in bed holding her close, while she suffered like you can't imagine. Most people get pissed about the healthcare debate.....Brother, I've lived it, up close and personal. My story ain't no movie or documentary. No honey or fairy dusted gingerbread in this household! Me and my wife worked so hard to pay our place off, the house I've lived in my whole life. Pretty spooky when a hospital trip could cost your home just like that! As regards healthcare and medicine, I haven't the answers, and I probably should remove myself from this discussion, because I do get pretty much fidgity with people who just spout out nonesense without experience first hand, and I'm not talking about articles or links. SO! I'll just leave off by saying that my wife just turned 65 and she is grinning from ear to ear since now being covered. And as a person who has worked since 1963, she deserves it. Okay. Rant off.!