"That is why, if I don't achieve my 'American dream' of becoming a Hollywood writer by the time I turn 26, I will move to a country that has socialized medicine. If I can't succeed in America's dog-eat-dog world, I'll move to a world that makes more sense to me. " You go, Emuboy! I agree 100 percent. (Of course I'm already over 26--I guess it's about time for me to get the hell out of here...) "I think most people would be more patriotic if they would actually travel overseas." Joey: Umm...not. I have travelled overseas, and my experience did nothing but show me the faults in my own country. The only reason I still live here is because I'm married to someone with a severe case of Homebody Disease, for which there is no cure in our healthcare system. When I was living in France, I was asked by a Swede, "What do you do in the United States if someone can't afford to pay when they're sick? Leave them on the street to die?" I was embarrassed. I agree with A_T60 and Lil Wookie. Our system is great if you're rich. If you're poor, unemployed, or employed with a company that doesn't want to pay for coverage, you're screwed. I passed out one time when my blood sugar dropped too low. I was visiting my grandparents, and when my grandmother called several doctors, she was appalled to find out that they all asked, not "How's the patient?", but "What kind of insurance does she have?" I've also dealt with uninsured children on my job. One 11-year-old girl has been walking around for a couple of weeks with either a bruised or broken tailbone because her grandmother will not take her to the doctor because they don't have insurance. This is just one of many examples. I think it's disgusting that our system allows people with no money to suffer for something they can't help, when that something is perfectly preventable, and other countries have proven it to be preventable.