I have to laugh b/c I had a "heated" discussion with a patient about this same topic. btw: I did not start it. One thing I said to him was that people are dying b/c they can't get the care they need. He told me all they had to do was go to their ER and the care would be free and given to them. I told him that sure, if they have colon cancer, perf their bowel and go to the ER, we'd fix their bowel but they certainly wouldn't get free chemo to help cure themselves. That if they came to the ER with headache and found to have a B/P of 240/110, that sure we'd give them medicine to bring their B/P down, but they wouldn't get free drugs for life. They need insurance for that and that's what HCR is all about. He continued on for awhile, and I told him that despite our differences, I'd still take good care of him.