All sorts of charges get tossed around on this forum. Accusations of Communist, Fascist, or "why do you hate America" get slung like mud at a monster truck rally. But does anyone really try to stop the shouting and inflammatory language long enough to try to understand WHY someone may disagree with you? Case in point. When I see stories LIKE THIS ONE, indicating that up to 45,000 Americans die each year for lack of health insurance, it points out why I believe universal coverage is a moral imperative. This is a "pro-life" position. People who are already born also deserve to not needlessly die. If you stop and think about how fervently you are against abortion, then maybe you can also understand the passion with which those of us who believe that universal coverage is an imperative for our nation. Just as it is easy to say those who are pro-choice on abortion have blood on their hands; the same could be said about those against national, universal health care. As for so-called "death panels", they exist already...in the accounting offices of companies like United Healthcare which looks for every reason to deny coverage, and gives its CEO a billion dollar bonus...money that could be used to save many lives. Should an executive receive a bonus? Fine, but when people get denied basic procedures that can save lives, such an extreme amount outweighs that CEOs value. Bean counters at companies like United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and others are making the life and death decisions...not the patients and their doctors. Even if you don't buy the number of 45,000 per year, it is immaterial. The fact is, it is a widespread problem. If it is your wife, your husband, your child, your parent, it could be the most important person in the world. Do I expect to persuade anyone here? No. But I hope it gives you pause to think.