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We have approximately 50 million Americans without health insurance. Health care cost following an accident or illness is the most common cause of bankruptcy in the United States. Cleary this is a system in need of change. Congress and the President are proposing universal health care legislation. Carefully crafted this legislation could be as beneficial to society as Social Security and Medicare.

Rutgers reports that Representative Dave Camp, the senior Republican on Ways and Means, said in connection with universal health care legislation that Republicans would focus on limiting liability lawsuits. That approach violates a fundamental belief of our society: people are responsible for their conduct. Relieving any negligent party of some or all responsibility for the harm they caused shifts the financial burden from the wrongdoer to the injured party. If I accidentally killed two of your cows what would you think of a justice system that only required me to pay you for one? A half a cup of justice is a half a cup of injustice.

Furthermore, shifting the consequence of negligence to the victim does nothing to solve the problems stemming from lack of health insurance. Malpractice awards are a minor component of health care costs amounting to less than 1% of the health care dollar The Medical Malpractice Myth by Tom Baker. The impact to the system of shifting the burden of malpractice to the patient would be minor but devastating to the injured individual.

Our leaders must resist political pressure to surrender the right of injured parties in order to obtain universal health care.

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    The healthcare reform bill released by the House Of Representatives is an excellent bill as I understand it. It is carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. This bill will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives.

    This is the type of bill that all Americans can feel good about. And this is the type of bill that has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Rich, middle class and poor a like. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all other party affiliations. This bill has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

    The house healthcare bill should be viewed as the minimum GOLD STANDARD by which all other proposed healthcare legislation should be judged. All supporters of true high quality healthcare reform should now place all your support behind this healthcare reform bill released by the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

    You should all now support this bill with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. This healthcare bill is a VERY, VERY GOOD! bill for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of this bill if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for this bill.

    AND FIGHT!! like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES!



    God Bless You

    Jack Smith — Working Class

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