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This show has really hit home. As the full time caregiver of my wife who is only 40 in the middle to late stages with Huntington's Disease I know all to well the issues of health care. If our government officals had to live under the same rules the general population did then our health care system would not be what it is today. This disease has financially destroyed us in a matter of a few short months. It is really amazing how fast things can go wrong. Your program hit the nail on the head and sunk it in with one blow.

As for the comment made bu anonymous, Northwest City, all I can say is you have no idea what you are talking about. Your additude is selfish and I hope you never have to experience the hell of what my wife and I are going through not to mention the thousands upon thousands of others in a similar postion. I believe we here on this earth are supposed to care for each other and not just think of about ourself. Have you ever tried to get insurance for a person with a hereditary disease? Try it sometime and see where it lands you.

Olav Froelke, Salt Lake City, Utah

The documentary presents the highlights of the major issues but treats them superficially. I believe all health systems are presently underfunded for the entitled expectations of the patients and providers. Most providers do a remarkable job of balancing volume, complexity, innovation, cost control, patient satisfaction, medical effectiveness, accuracy and communication. Its great to get to throw stones, and praiseworthy to draw attention to a coming crisis, but I see no constructive synthesis. Most of us will live with a chronic disease for 25 or more years. Nursing will soon be in crisis. Social responsibility is at a low, personal responsibilty is at a low. I would like to see education to help the population to recognize that health care is a shared natural resource, that there are limits to everything, and that everything has its financial cost/ benefit/risk so we can put some balance to the system.

Lawrence Kidd, MD, Lawrence, MA

I believe the main problem is that the doctor have little competition. They only allow a small number of students into med-school and therefore, control the competition. The American Medical Association (A.M.A.) accually stopped efforts to build a new medical school in Indiana. Why? Because it would create too many doctors!

New Subject: Prostate Problems! Why do doctors claim they don't know what may be causing joint problems when they have got to know from so many of their patients complain of joint problems. Literally every Prostitis patient that I know has joint problems. It's obvious doctors know they can't do anything about when the condition we have causes urinary backup which in turn causes septic arthitis.

Respectfully Anonymous, Louisville

In all these discussions why has noone mentioned medical Savings accts as an alternate to HMO,s,PPO,s and the rest of the alphabet soup?

OB Kemmerer, Fresno

I agree with anonymous from Northwest City. In an ideal world, medical care would be a birthright. But fiscal realities dictate whether we can afford to give everyone the best of every thing in medicine. The truth is that we cannot. So if a couple with a child who has a birth defect is kept alive at the choice of the parents, whose burden should it be? If a 74 year old woman comes down with breast cancer and she wants the best that medicine can give rather than what is adequate, should we pay for it? I would like to say that we should, but realities of life tell me that difficult choices need to be made and I doubt that they are to anyone's liking.

Paul Kim, Charlotte

While most western nations view health care (particularly good primary care) as a right, many in the United States still view health care as a privledge, to be earned and saved for through hard work. The irony of that view point is that, unfortunately, those who often work the hardest in this nation, the working poor, and those with chronic illness that have not allowed them to maintain steady employment, are those without medical care, particularly good primary care, or the ability to accumulate resources to pay for it when they need it. When they receive care it is often very costly tertiary care that bankrupts the individual and his/her family and costs every citizen of this country.

The good health of our entire nation is in the national interest. People who are healthy lose less time from work (contributing more in taxes and producing more goods and services), are able to learn better in school, and probably feel better about themselves and their communities. It will probably take a recession like the early 1990's(with numerous middle class 50 year olds losing their jobs and their insurance coverage) to develop the political will to move towards universal health care coverage as a public policy. The system will work well if it emphasizes comprehensive primary care services and rational end of life care. The changing demographics of the United States will demand a fundamental change to our current "system" (or lack of a system).

Karen Cameron, Richmond, VA

The United States' entire medical paradigm is built on trauma and crisis care. Hence, our medical community, including medical schools, medical doctors, pharmaceutical paradigms, know and DON'T want to know anything about preventive care; that is good health / lifestyle practices that prevent or reduce the chances of crises and traumas and hence reduce the need for medical care.

Look at all the FAT people in the USA, yet the medical community still knows nothing about nutrition and ignores good nutrition research. Our public school systems serve our kids heart disease and diabetes development diets! Where's the idea of "prevention?" We're all part of a system that needs us to eat fast fattening foods, sit instead of walk, take drugs instead of eat nutritionally, and then complain that our politicians are somehow cheating us -- well, yes, because they don't know any better either!

For example, as well-trained as my own family physicians are, I am continually appalled at their lack of knowledge and expertise in reducing and eliminating symptoms of Type II diabetes through good nutrition habits and exercise and weight loss. They only know what to do when glucose levels have already been too high for too long and diabetes complications have already caused too much pain and expense. But the drug companies love it! We diabetics are another "profitable market segment." Why try to prevent diabetes when it's so good for pharmaceutical shareholders?

Why prevent and eliminate disease when "medical doctors" need crises and traumas to make them feel needed? Why ask American's to lead better lifestyles when you can make more money short-term by making them sick!?

William D. Christ, Schroeder, MN

We need a universal health care system like every other industrialized country. It is criminal to have people excluded from our health care system solely because they do not have insurance or the ability to pay. We advocate a single payer system like Canada's.

Margot Smith, Berkeley

Quality Healthcare for every Citizen should be a right in any democratic society. This is not a "Socialist" viewpoint but common sense in the longer term for any society in this millenium. Let's give the Physicians the chance to honour their Hippocratic oath and as a caring society provide them with the tools to do the job. We should stop "pretending" to be a moral Christian society and start practising as one.

Robert Dobbs, Columbia, SC

This excellent documentary should be stored in a time capsule because it reflects the reality of the working poor. Contrary to anonymous' basic assumption, these 40 million work hard everyday and are not asking for charity. Their struggles to live and provide for their families reflect what we so blithely say are "American Family values". It is our society that is failing to keep its bargain. Walk a mile in those shoes ...

Barbara Ruether, New York

Excellent health is essential for optimal quality of life. God created our flesh with the intention that we would steward our bodies according to his wishes. We have not. Therefore, we are engulfed in this vicious cycle called the medical industrial complex.

Anonymous Caregiver, South

I did not see any coverage about the widespread practice of not covering individuals' preexisting conditions, which are often for chronic debilitating diseases. Insurers get to keep the profits from premiums paid by those fortunate enough to remain healthy, so why do we allow them to exclude coverage entirely for some people, or to exclude the one condition which that person has as a medical problem? In this day of job turnovers every 5-7 years, no-fault firings and "downsizing" by employers, etc., any hard-working person may suddenly find himself forced to sign on with the next employer's insurer and find himself "insured" but not for the very health problem which is of most concern. Another issue is the use of "Formulary Lists" by HMOs & PPOs, in which my doctor's prescription is disallowed because it is not on the insurance company's "list" of acceptable drugs. I have no problem with paying a larger pharmacy copayment for a prescribed brand drug when a generic is available, but I do object to the ins

Christine Delmas,RN, JD, Marble Falls

Ron Souffer, Reading, makes more sense than anybody, expand Medicare to everyone and get health care out of the workplace. And no matter how much you save there are health events that no one can pay for unless they make a huge salary.

Most people have not had a pre-existing condition since they were age 2. No insurance company will sell you insurance of any kind. You live with discrimination all your life.

HMO's are suicide for people with chronic health problems.

Faye Denney, Dallas

Who gave the idea that we should get something for nothing? If each individual does not have to be responsible (PAYING) for each thing they need or want, who then should be responsible for the cost or the control of the cost?

In term of health care coverage, how about give some power & responsibility back to individuals to determine the kind of medical service they need or want, working along with their own physicians? Shouldn't we all pay for what we need & want? If you want and are willing to pay for brand name drug vs generic drug, that should be your choice & responsibility.

Entitlement mentality surely will increase waste and medical cost. Do not blame the "Gate Keeper" doctors or the insurance company? If we want the choice, let us be responsible & pay for our choice? There have been too much finger pointings toward others, HMO or insurance company bashing, and not enough introspection about our own demands, actions, & responsibility.

Daniel Lim, Downey

Recent Commentary in JAMA (July 2000) indicates 250,000 deaths/year due to hospital iatrogenesis. This means 3-5 million people/year out of 35 million people/year who are treated in hospitals are injured, permanently disabled or killed. Hospitals, our temples of healing, are the third largest cause of death from any cause. The primary cause of injury, disability and death are ADEs (adverse drug events, at the rate of 106,000 deaths/year. Prescribed drugs given in hospitals, under practitioner supervision, are the 4th largest cause of death from any cause. Of all the Billions of dollars spent on drug development and FDA approval, training, licensing, hospital review boards, state and federal laws, medical disciplinary boards, continuing education, etc, etc. there is very little being done to prevent ADEs.

Our high tech, scientific, western medicine is unable or not motivated to develop predictive and preventative methods for ADEs. It appears that practitioners and researchers are more interested in the money for pursuing other diseases rather than picking up the costly human wreckage the medical/pharmaceutical complex leaves in its wake. Incidently, these figures are based on hospital data; when one factors in the data from clinics the numbers are considerably worse! What to do?

Optimize your wellness, stay out of hospitals, do the research, challenge all medical opinions and recommendations with information and questions, utilize and integrate low risk/low cost alternatives. (Sometimes I wonder whether the human body is designed for the western medical system.) Admittedly, when it comes to diagnosis and crises medicine, western medicine excells.

Ernest A. Rosenberg, M.S., Seattle

At the end of the program, it was suggested to the viewer that it is important to ask a lot of questions and get a lot of answers when making health-care decisions. If "medicine is cloaked in a culture of secrecy" then how can this be useful advice? I have followed this advice in the past and been given answers that turned out to be misleading or even outright lies because it served someone's purpose to manipulate me.

If physicians' decisions are based on medical opinion rather than on scientific facts, is it any surprise so many mistakes are made? "Medical opinion" sounds like another phrase for "ego trip to win office politics". How does doing an analysis of the efficacy of certain procedures make the physicians at Dartmouth "incredibly courageous"? I thought medicine was supposed to be based on science.

I have a constitutional right to privacy, which I think is supposed to be protected by implementation of a policy of informed consent for all medical procedures. How can anyone consent to something about which they are not informed? How can anyone be properly informed if the physicians themselves do not know how to compare different possibilities? Implementation of quality control is imperative for insuring a constitutional right to privacy.

Having worked in testing and development in different areas of the pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years, I am shocked at the low level of quality control in medicine! Wouldn't it be interesting to introduce GMP procedures into the medical environment! Somebody might actually have to be accountable!

I am shocked at how blasť many people are about this issue. How many people were killed or injured by exploding Firestone tires on Ford Explorers? Yet that has received much more press than this. Thank you, Mr. Smith

Lucy Vaughan, Hingham, MA

The continual struggle between quality of care and cost containment is frustrating. The heart of medicine takes a "no holds barred" approach and provide all that's needed, while the cerebrum of the profession dictates a measure of cost while the increasingly elderly population are caught in the middle. What lies at the center of the conflict is the apparent societal "lag" between the advances in technology and the ability to pay for it as the mean average age increases. Consequently, the American public seemingly wants a democratic-socialism hybrid intervention to resolve this conflict while the rest of the world is struggling with the very basic medicinal needs of it's populous. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer nor is there anyone to blame. Although there are some who look upon this perile as a means to turn a profit, not to prevent illness.

Douglas W. Cooper, Winter Haven

Though the California Nurses Association is not a national organization, it is well known and recognized throughout the nursing sector as a strong, focused advocate for quality patient care and rights.

Pamela Luiz, Antioch

To conform to the current plan, is to do "disease management" The body heals itself--given proper "care and feeding". We live in a toxic world, our air, water and food are contaminated, and our thoughts are negative as a result. We must look to nutrition, Orthomolecular medicine and detoxification. If I break my leg, I'll call a medical mechanic, otherwise doctors who think we are mechanical systems are wrong! We are ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS!!!

Christine Mohr, Sterling Hts.

I was shocked by the information presented in your show. It is unacceptable to me to know that patients die because of easily correctable mistakes made by doctors. I am even more dismayed to know that neither of the two presidential candidates really cares enough to radically change the system.

Elaine Friedman, Sheffield, MA

The fact that so many Americans are working in jobs that pay so little and offer no benefits is sinful. Those benefits that are offered, are so expensive, based on the pay scale, that they force them to chose between food, shelter and health care. That is very wrong. Is it possible for all of the small businesses in America to create a group and negotiate decent rates? Their numbers should provide some bargaining power. All for profit HMO's and hospitals should not be linked with the non-profits, who do a much better job, and patients should be allowed to sue them for wrong doing. After all, if the Wall Street Stock Jockeys can make money off human need, then they should be held responsible for misdeeds in the name of greed.

Barbara DeLeon, Chicago

A mother is terrified her 2 yr old sick child is going to die, therefore humana should pay $3000 per day even though she can do the tasks herself . A mother decides she can't live without another child so she wishes me to pay for an insulin pump because it is to difficult for her to take 4 shots of insulin each day. Maybe she shouldn't have the baby. A daughter is crazed that her elderly mom might die someday and WANTS a test she knows nothing about, but the daughter is not willing to take $200 out of her savings account and have a consult at Moffit Cancer Center, instead bitches and moans about how unfeeling her HMO is. America......a place where no one dies and no one has bad times.


This topic should have been part of the Presidential debates. Then let both candidates (particularly Mr. Bush and his actions in Texas) explain themselves to the American people!!!!

Karen Anderson, Kansas City

Patients need the right to schedule testing WITHOUT their doctor's permission. Mine prescribed testosterone and then when my breast became lumpy, he refused to send me for a sonogram. The Imaging facility would not let me self refer.

Anonymous Obviously, Columbus

The folks who are anonymous in some Northwest City assume everyone lives exactly like them, and that they are mad because they decided to save money for their healthcare after retirement rather than buy a Mercedes or a $3,000 gas grill and send their kids to private school.

The notion that if you don't have the money, you simply don't go to a doctor is borderline sinister. The market has worked in terms of healthcare, it has made some men very wealthy. But largely it has failed the general population.

We need HMOs that aren't going to charge people $900 a month to get basic health insurance to their family. That is what Aetna charges in Massachusetts.

The idea that you have to save money is a ridiculous one, especially in a nation that never saves, has never saved, and probably never will save its money other than what they MIGHT put in a company 401K plan.

Just because Jane Doe saved all her life for her medical needs doesn't mean that she's righteous and deserves healthcare.

The person who bought the Lexus instead of saving money should have access to a plan that costs $150-$200 a month. In most states that is impossible for a family under current private healthcare plans.

Kenneth Rapoza, Boston

The problem with HMO's. People trying to get BMW care for the price of a Kia. If they would read the plan, they would know what they were getting. I forgot they don't teach poeple to read and think for themselfes anymore.

Anonymous, NY

The real problem with healthcare, its the government. Every time the government gets involved in something, they screw things up. We should end medicare as we know it. Bob Dole's eldercare was a much better program. The government should be forbidden to get involved with the nationís heathcare.

Alan Schienda, Milldale

The program did not give me the impression that healthcare should be an entitlement for everyone. If it were that simple we could just offer Medicare to everyone. Then everyone could wait for weeks or months to get a procedure approved, just like they do in Canada. However, it wouldn't do a thing toward eliminating medical and nursing errors. For sure it wouldn't force people to shop for the best surgeon or the hospital with the lowest mortality rates.

I too, worked hard, paid for college without parent's help, lived a modest life style, and saved for a rainy day. Rainy day savings were invested in health care for parents, paying for homecare, then allowing them to die at home rather than in a hospital setting.

Then oops, the unexpected. I lost my job as a registered nurse of 25 years, following complications of back surgery. Too bad I wasn't old enough to meet my employer's criteria for long term health care. And it's too bad that medical complications keep me from the kind of employment that would offer benefits.

I don't think my situation is unique, there are a lot of people who have worked hard all their life and for one reason or other cannot afford medical insurance. We're not looking for a hand-out, we're looking for a hand-up. Does healthcare have to be regulated by the stock market? How much profit is enough for the insurance companies? Why have State legislatures been so slow in passing laws that would help patients make informed decisions about their internet access to hospital and doctor's malpractice ratings?

I'm glad that there are folks who have been fortunate to make all the right decisions in life. On the other hand it's too bad that hundreds of American children will die due to a lack of healthcare and never get those same opportunities.

Thanks for an excellent show. It's a lot of food for thought. In the future I hope everyone with medical insurance spends the time and effort to shop around for the best care possible.

Joann, California

Seems that a nation with our vast resources could find a way to fund the healthcare of the uninsured.

Kirk Gray, Los Angeles

I'm a licensed insurance agent. I would like to be put out of business. We need universal health care. There is too much money being spent on CEO salaries and not going to health CARE.

Insurance Agent, Los Angeles

Well, anonymous, you'd better not travel too far north or you'll be confronted by a whole nation of people who are quite well and happy living under the assumption that a civilized country should provide healthcare for all its citizens.

Umami Bhavanga, Oklahoma City

It's time that we as a nation focus on reshaping the core concept of our health-care delivery system and its overall effectiveness. We need not be critical of any one group, but must instead strive to develop a more responsive system capable of continuous improvement and unbiased monitoring.

David Patton, Esq., Scottsdale

As long as the bottom line is making a profit on health care, health care will be less than optimal. People should think of dividends from for-profit HMOs and insurance companies as blood money not investments.

Howard Hertz, San Francisco

One mistake that we have made in this country is to allow for-profit health insurance companies to take charge. Their single mission is to return profits to their stockholders; yet I do not believe that the average American realizes that this is the case. That is the reason that they desert any market where there is no profit margin. We need to develop a "fix" for this fast. The Clinton's have received enormous criticism for their initial efforts -- but at least they tried. Who will have the courage to try again?

Margaret L. McClure, RN, New York

The governments and healthcare industry are pandering to the notion that somehow healthcare can be delivered at little or no cost to the recipients. We will have to pay more from our paycheck or more in taxes or more on premiums to maintain service. Until the American public comes to grip that it is necessary for all the recipients to pay for the wonderful advancements in materials and techniques we risk losing quality care for all. advancements we will have financial chaos in the system.

RJ Ecock, Arlington VA

Managed care will drive up the costs of care so that only a minority will afford health care of a more limited coverage. For-profit plans are unsuited for healthcare. Look at the rest of the civilized world-- they all have universal care systems. We spend the msot per capita but rank way behind in health indices.

Bill OConnoe, Lewes, DE

Thank you for this program tonight on Health Care. I simply want to say to those people who believe that healthcare is not an entitlement remember it pays to exclude. When a citizen is denied proper healthcare we all ultimately pay the price in lost wages, higher medical costs for all and compromised quality. This is not a time to point fingers let's help those who are less fortunate and then we all prosper.

L. LeNoir, Madison

The comments on TennCare pointed out some of the larger issues involved in Tennessee's experiment in Medicaid managed care. TennCare does try to offer coverage to many who would otherwise be without. Your program also noted that the true cost of providing that care was not factored into the original program.

Unfortunately the TennCare program, in an attempt to transfer risk away from the state, signed up a number of private managed care organizations to run the plan. Each has its own set or rules and regulations and a separate network of providers. This has contributed to a "hassle factor" for patients and physicians alike. Many patients are assigned to plans that have no physicians in their area. By HCFA's own admission, HCFA audits for adequacy of physician networks for these plans make no attempt to determine if there are specialists in the system or if the primary care physicians even have hospital privileges. These should be basic components of quality checks in any health care system.

One of the managed plans is in receivership and others have experienced marked financial difficulties. Many private physicians had to borrow money to meet expenses after one company defaulted. A single plan, carefully worked out, could have accomplished many of the original goals with much less pain.

Blue Cross, caring for about half of the current TennCare members, has in the estimation of many done a reasonable job or providing care with limited resources. Unfortunately they are scheduled to leave the plan in early 2001 - citing concerns over the funding and administration of the program.

There is much to be learned from TennCare. Laudable goals are not enough. Careful and thoughtful programs are necessary to turn them into reality.

Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, Fayetteville, TN

It's such a complex issue. Medications are given for too many solutions. When necessary they're wonderful, but often one can find solutions for problems that don't have the devastating side effects of drugs. These alternative solutions should be tried first.

Medicare should be able to be bought into for those who are uninsurable. Costs should vary depending on income. All those in medicare should pay some copay directly to the Drs., again the copays should vary with income. We desparately need to be looking at all of these options before our whole healthcare system totally blows up. As an insurance agent I am well aware of the short fuse.

Anonymous, Houston, Tx.

My son is 5 months old and is very ill. We had so called "good" insurance which would not cover anything. Medicaid said they would if we dropped the primary insurance and now they will not pay for anything either. The other day, the agency that sent my son his breathing machine came to pick it up. We are still not answering the door and refusing to give it to them. Healthcare STINKS here in North Carolina.

April Dalton, Winston-Salem

I am a military retiree and medical care has been a very important issue with us. We have been shunned from the Military Hospitals to a very inadequate HMO that is Champus/Humana. What distressed me tonight was when the VP of Humana said that the quality of care was what they could negotiate for. So if a doctor or hospital with an excellent reputation doesn't negotiate with the HMO's then they go on down the list. This often leaves out the best facilities and physicians. They give you this very fancy brochure that says that your physician has undergone the most strict scrutiny, when reality, he/she has just agreed to take their rates.

I am presently in chemotherapy and one of the drugs I take every 21 days cost $3100, add to that the other medications, and my chemo costs $4200. I've had to take eight treatments. I have also had three surgeries, which means three hospital stays.

Medical care has reached extortion levels. Maybe the doctors don't need to drive that Mercedes or live in a $500,000 house and vacation in Cannes every year.

We need to stand up an be heard and not let the insurance industry and the drug companies dictate to our Congress what is acceptable medical care.

EJM, Manchester

As a consulting statistician, I have long considered physicians to be trained biologists practicing statistics poorly. All, and I mean all diagnostic procedures are ensembles of independent variables and the physician deduces a diagnosis (a dependent variable). Statisticians know and understand this problem very well. The difference between statisicians and physicians is that we keep track of what eventually happened so as to make a better decision the next time.

I consulted with a New Jersey HMO and developed a model to predict if a woman was likely to deliver via Cesearan or vaginal and do this in the first trimester of pregnancy. The model worked but the physicians refused to embrace and employ it. The reason: they were upset because a non-physican had an idea on how to better diagnose this problem.

Dan Steeples, Arlington

I'd like to see government sponsored health coverage for all Americans regardless of gender or race, from pediatric to geriatric (ages 0-death). Not just coverage for medical, dental, or optical, but, mental health too. When one part of the body is ill, the rest of the body is affected. If the government would invest more in preventive medicine and health education, the state and national coffers could save billions of dollars annually.

Lee Funderburg, Martinez

The private insurance system works for only a few, healthy people.

Victoria Thomas, Charleston

Medicare should cover every American. HMOs should get out of the business. Medicare overhead is 3% versus 15-20% for private companies. Add prescription drugs and long term care to Medicare, finance it with a 3% tax and eliminate our private insurance premiums and lousy private care! Congressman Jim Mcdermott had such a proposal six years ago. He was right on target!

Ron Stouffer, Reading

While you report accurately about how the health system in America is poor, and while you do mention deaths in hospitals and due to medical error, the tone of your article still seems to presuppose that there is a way of treating the body in the medical paradigm that is safe and effective.

Don't you remember the JAMA report that said that 106,000 people die each year from properly prescribed drugs that were taken appropriately? What this tells me is that Medicine is not safe--period! Yes, it has helped millions of people by saving their lives in emergencies and by helping mitigate pain in those that couldn't be saved. But let's not for a minute confuse medical care with health care because it is not. It is sick-care.

It is this incongruency in our thinking that has led so many to their graves. Medicine is the third largest killer in America. Time to work on health, not disease.

Dr. Tim Merrick, Ottawa

We can concede that medicine is tops when it comes to crisis and trauma care, but when it comes to health care, its a different story. For example, according to a World Health Organization analysis on June 20th, 2000 The United States spends more per person on health care than any other country, yet in overall quality its care ranks 37th in the world. The American Medical News 1996 stated, deaths due to properly prescribed drugs in the United States are 198,815 per year. If that number is correct, it would mean that prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause a death in the United States per year and the pharmaceutical company profits continue to go up. Medical malpractice as we have seen in recent news kills approximately (80,000+ people per year -one every 7 minutes in hospital settings alone) if this number is correct than medical malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of preventable death in the United States just behind cigarettes and alcohol, according to the Public Citizen -- May/June issue 1994

Dr. Chad J. Rohlfsen,

Your entire presentation makes the assumption that Healthcare is an entitlement to everyone. Our productive years lifestyle was to be financially moderate. Rather than driving the new car, parked in the garage on the hill, we invested a significant portion of our earnings not expecting a socialistic government to "take care of us". We started out without a pot or window, worked our way through college and stuck to hard work in our chosen professions. We didn't smoke, drink to excess, travel, make car payments and luxurate at others expense, but saved for our med needs. Today, we notice others who, while we were moderates, didn't invest for their future medical needs getting a free ride. As our conservative opinion is not politically correct with your basic assumption, we remain - Anonymous.

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