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(Excerpted from original entry on Huffington Post, dated today.) 

I have found the last week to be one of the most politically dispiriting of my adulthood. After President Obama's address to the nation on health care, I posted an opinion piece on Huffington Post which garnered well over 600 comments, as well as dozens of emails sent directly my way. The piece was in support of strong health care reform legislation, including a "public option," and used my own history of overcoming acute myeloid leukemia, as well as my wife's Italian family's health care experiences in that country, as reference points. Most responses were of the "Thank you for saying what I've felt" variety, and it's always gratifying to be told I've said something important, or made someone else feel heard.

The strong minority current won't surprise anyone who's followed the health care debate, or most any political discussion, over the past couple of years. A vocal minority has let me know, over and over again, that they don't want the government taking any more of their money; that they want to be able to decide how to spend and invest their own money; that they don't want to have to pay for anything for anyone else; and -- the big time, firecracker, most-consistent comment of all -- they don't want any Americans to have government-subsidized health care insurance if one single, goddamn, fucking, disgusting illegal immigrant might be able to get their hands on it, too.

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Very Well Said

...especially the part about the rest of us getting off our duffs and doing something to make sure we catch up with the rest of the civilized world on health care.

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Thank you for saying what we

Thank you for saying what we must continue to say. Why is it that people are so afraid of change? So afraid of other people getting something that they need?
Would they rather have non-registered immigrants sending their children to school, visiting libraries, stores and other public places while ill? Do they simply want people, children, families, to suffer? I don't understand it or them.
I'm unemployed, laid off in March. I can barely afford health care for my family - and won't be able to afford it come Jan. 1 when my 35/65 of COBRA ends, but I'd pay more if necessary to keep people from suffering.
Yes, let's join the civilized world and let's try being more civilized while do so. Thanks, again, for urging us towards civilization.

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I live in a country where

I live in a country where there is health care for everyone. So for me, knowing that some people are against something that benefits ALL because they're too damn selfish to pay a few more cents in tax is bizarre!

I've been watching the debate in America - and thank god that we have the health care system we do.

In New Zealand, we don't have to have health insurance, many people do, so that they have the option of private surgery if needed, and private specialists - but you know what? They're the SAME surgeons and specialists that are accessible through our health care system.

People are a countries greatest asset - if we don't look after our all our people what does that say about us as human beings?

Sick and injured should receive the best care available regardless of who they are, and how much money they have, or the type of insurance they carry.

I would hate to live in a country that had no regard for my families health and well being.

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"People are a country's

"People are a country's greatest asset."

Well said! The happiness and well being of country's people is more important than saving a few bucks.

My Mom is an obstetrician and gynecologist in Canada and tells me the infant mortality rates in the States, especially in poorer areas are downright scary!