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one more thing, as this pertains to skiiers, or any athlete for that matter:
This healthcare bill can in some cases limit which doctor you see, when you see them, and how you are treated. As humans are intrinsically motivated by external forces, doctors are more willing to do complex operations when they are properly compensated. Not having to deal with medicare (I am speaking in the immediate present here) is one big factor. One of my good family friends is a highly respected orthopaedic surgeon here in the DC area, and the thing he hates most of all is dealing with medicare and medicaide. Its more paperwork for him, which means he is doing less doctoring and more busywork, or spending more money paying people to do it for him. Also, under this centralized healthcare, it could be hard to see a specific specialist at a specific time. I was seriously injured playing football and the only reason I can still ski, write, or move my arm at all now is because I told the ER doctors who wanted me to go a completely uneccessary procedure to fuck themselves and called my ortho friend on his cell, who had me on the operating table in under fifteen minutes. under the proposed healthcare bill, I would not have had that luxury. and yes, it is a luxury. I strongly believe all people should have access to affordable healthcare. However, i think doctors and citizens who can afford to do so should be able to opt out the system should they choose.