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A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion
A clinic such as this, where countless uninsured line up at dawn for free medical care, convinced one man to quit his Cigna job.
June 27th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When Wendell Potter first saw them, he froze.

“It felt like touching an electrical fence,” he says. “I remember tearing up and thinking, how could this be real.”

Thousands of them had lined up under a cloudy sky in an open field. Many had camped out the night before. When their turns came, doctors treated them in animal stalls and on gurneys placed on rain-soaked sidewalks.

They were Americans who needed basic medical care. Potter had driven to the Wise County Fairgrounds in Virginia in July 2007 after reading that a group called Remote Area Medical, which flew American doctors to remote Third World villages, was hosting a free outdoor clinic.

Potter, a Cigna health care executive who ate from gold-rimmed silverware in corporate jets, says that morning was his “Road to Damascus” experience.

“It looked like a refugee camp,” Potter says. “It just hit me like a bolt of lightning. What I was doing for a living was making it necessary for people to resort to getting care in animal stalls.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is a colossal legal and political issue. For Potter, though, the issue became a crisis of faith.

For the last three years, Potter has been one of the most visible supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation. He has testified before Congress, appeared on countless talk shows and written a tell-all book on the health care industry called "Deadly Spin." With his Southern drawl and mild professorial manner, he has been described as a health care industry “Judas” in some media accounts.

Yet none of the media coverage of Potter has explored what drove his conversion - his faith. Potter was raised as a Southern Baptist in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he says his parents instilled in him an appreciation for helping others.

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He says the New Testament is filled with Jesus providing universal health care - he healed the poor and outcast.

“Christians needed to be reminded of what Jesus did,” Potter says.  “It was important to him for people to have access to healing care. That’s what he did. A lot of people of faith lose sight of that.”

A health care hit man

Potter says he lost sight of that because the health care issue was an abstraction to him when he worked at Cigna as a public relations executive. Part of his job was to snuff out stories in the media that made the health care industry look bad.

But his visit to that free clinic in Virginia that July morning shook him. In a column that he wrote for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization, where he works as a senior analyst, he wrote:

“Until that day, I had been able to think, talk and write about the U.S. health care system and the uninsured in the abstract, as if real-life human beings were not involved.”

Yet even after that visit to the clinic, Potter says, he still stayed with his Cigna job. He had a son and a daughter, a six-figure salary, bonuses.  He felt trapped even as he resumed his job.

“It was always gnawing at me,” he says of the experience at the clinic.

There was another reason he couldn’t leave his job.  It was his identity.

Wendell Potter was moved by his faith to quit his Cigna job.

“Our egos are tied to our jobs even if the jobs we’re doing are not what we thought we were going to be doing,” he says. “Our jobs, to a certain extent, help define who we are.”

Potter found a new source of identity - his faith. He read the Bible and found particular solace in the New Testament book of Philippians, where the Apostle Paul advises Christians to “cast all their anxiety” on God. He also read “Profiles in Courage” to fortify his resolve.

He finally quit, and eventually became one of the most visible advocates for health care reform.

“I felt that if I were on my death bed and looked back on my life and realized that I had not taken this risk to do the right thing, I would have huge regrets,” he says.

Why churches are silent

Potter now spends some of his time talking to churches. He says an estimated 45,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have insurance that provides them access to the care they need.

“This doesn’t happen in any other developed country in the world, and it should not happen here, the richest nation on the planet,” he says.

When he takes this message to churches, some shut their doors, he says. They don’t want to hear him. Pastors know the debate over health care divides their congregations.

“A lot of pastors are just too afraid to get involved in this and step up and say this is a moral issue,” he says. “They’re afraid of offending their parishioners.”

Some of Potter’s most consistent supporters, though, are former colleagues in the health care industry.  "I've had calls and emails from people I used to work with in the industry who thank me quietly," he says.

No matter what the Supreme Court decides, Potter says health care changes are inevitable. The current system of for-profit health insurance companies is not sustainable. He says some Americans dismiss the uninsured, but they don’t realize how close they are to joining them.

He says many of the people who attended the Remote Area Medical clinic were working people. Their jobs simply didn’t provide enough good medical care. While many companies provide health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, most people with these maladies wouldn’t get coverage if they suddenly lost their job.

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“Most of us are just a layoff from losing it,” he says of health insurance.

Potter can’t guess what the Supreme Court will decide, but he has predicted what the United States will look like if the health care law is struck down.

We’ve already seen that future in a book and movie called “The Hunger Games," he wrote in a recent column.

"The Hunger Games" depicts a future America renamed Panem, where the government is disconnected from the people who struggle every day for basic needs such as medical care while the wealthy have access to modern medicine, he wrote.

“This society-gone-bad scenario of denying basic care to citizens based on their income or social status seems on the big screen not only cruel and unusual but even incomprehensible,” he wrote. “In fact, it’s occurring every day in what is still called the United States.”

Potter didn’t have to see that future on the screen. He’d already seen it in Virginia, where doctors cared for Americans in animal stalls.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Faith & Health • Health • Health care

soundoff (1,958 Responses)
  1. DiegoNeutral

    Perhaps we should just force all doctors in the U.S. to work for minimum wage and to provide whatever services the government deems as "medically-necessary" for free to deserving patients as part of the "rights" of all citizens. That would ensure that those individuals from privileged background who were lucky enough to go to medical school paid their fair share of the burden of taking care of our country. That seems imminently "fair" to me and sounds like a great plan to make sure that the best and brightest in our society have a clear incentive to enter the medical field!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  2. Lisa

    Do you really think ss is going to be there when we retire??????????? Wake up!!!! I'm 43 and I'd be willing to bet it's bankrupt, just like the rest of our government programs.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • related

      The outflow is much greater than the inflow now, as the post-baby boomer generation is much smaller. You do the math.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • related

      People live a lot longer than 65 years now. They contribute for 40 years, and take out payment for 50, at a much larger amount than they paid into it.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • McGuffin

      Unless we fix it? Why does no one ever focus on that? All we ever hear is "government can't do anything right" instead of "let's make it work."

      June 28, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • related

      Fix it by diverting missing funds into it? From the non-existent tax surplus? Because we have no national debt to worry about.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • zandHcats

      Why don't we blame our corrupted politicians? Why don't we blame ourselves to vote a bunch of them into the offices?

      June 28, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  3. related

    Only about a half of the population actually contribute (pay federal taxes). The other half is free-loading. Where's the money going to come from?

    June 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • tallulah13

      You're right. It's time for the super-rich to start paying their fair share.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • McGuffin

      Well in the Affordable Care Act, the money comes from the individual mandate: you force healthy (low cost) people to pay into the group, thereby supporting the sick (high cost) people.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • McGuffin

      By the way; half the population isn't "free loading" - most of them work hard, but don't make enough to be able to afford taxes, thanks to the wealthy 1% that keep money for themselves instead of paying it out in wages.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • related

      The rich are actually such a tiny group that even if we double their taxes, it won't make a significant difference.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  4. SamMc

    I just took my daughter to an Emergency Hospital the other night and I was shocked, to say the least, when the bill came for $10,000.00+. No surgery was done, however, the doctor recommended an MRI in a "Star Wars" type of machine which according to the bill was a whopping $5.000.00. My family does have insurance but it is alarming to think what happens to those who do not have health insurance. Most likely the rates, for those of us who pay for insurance, are rising in order to cover those who do not have insurance. Many employees at insurance companies are making huge profits. Just like banks were capitalizing on risky investments, insurance companies are getting away with murder!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • juice

      Yes I know a friend's wife had Leukemia treatment. The total cost come very close to a million. They have insurance, but imagine someone who does not have insurance.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • related

      Those bills get watered down to almost nothing. I suppose the insurance company probably paid about $1,500., if that much.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • NV

      Related you are right the insurance companies pay a lot less than these bills because they pay negotiated rates. So why doesn't everyone pay those rates then the cost will come down. If someone without insurance is given a million dollar bill then on an average that person will not pay it either and all the money is spent attempting to collect from someone who cannot pay!!

      June 28, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • McGuffin

      Absolutely, it's the people without insurance that in large part drive up health care costs (that and malpractice suits). That's why the Affordable Care Act forces those people to stop being freeloaders - as the Republicans would have called them before Obama took up the cause. We have to stop ER visits from the uninsured as their source for primary care. Solution: make them buy insurance.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  5. dah00

    Good for you, Mr. Potter. God bless.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  6. juice

    If the system ain't broken, people would not come up with idea to fix it. Obama care may or may not work, but this idea for change highlights the fact that our health care system is already broken and is becoming unaffordable for most people.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  7. NV

    After reading through several responses it saddens me to see the high level of ignorance amongst the electorate of this country who are swayed by right wing propaganda and blogs. Here are a few points to think about:

    This country spends more money than the top 16 countries in the word and despite this expenditure we are vulnerable to terrorism. We spend more money on education than most countries in the world and we are not amongst the most educated in the world. We spend more money on our medical expense and yet we do not have the best care in the world.

    Yet the responses here are about the paranoia of Obama being a socialist a Nazi, someone who will take our guns away and destroy this wonderful country. I think it is time people paused, took a deep breath and get some facts right before displaying your ignorance to others who may be equally gullible to buy this BS.

    Here's something to think about:
    You need a single payer system like any other industrial country in the world which will provide a minimum medical coverage. Anyone could buy additional private coverage if they choose to. You bring the cost down by controlling drug costs by importing generics. The same American drug manufacturers sells the same drugs in other countries for a fraction of the cost. I recently was told that a dose of amoxycillin from India would cost me $75 if I didnt have insurance but the same drug in India cost less than 50 cents. Why does this cost go up by a factor of over 150?. Are we covering this cost of folks in other countries or are we just making our middlemen and drug companies here richer?.

    The next cot of higher salaries for doctors and insurance companies will need to be curbed. The argument that doctors need higher salaries because they have high student loans is ludicrous. In other countries the cost of becoming a doctor is borne by the govt. in return the doctor serves for a lower salary for 2 years after graduation.

    The cost of drug research can be done with the help of universities where research is done with govt grants in exchange for free education or lower educations costs!!

    I could go on and counter all arguments on all the points raised here but it doesn't make me a socialist or a Nazi!!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  8. prdad007

    If not for the VA Hospital, I would have died in October 2008 from congestive heart failure. But I served my time during the Vietnam era, & qualified financially (No Assets). My wife is not so covered and so we rely on the internet for natural cures to many conditions. It is wrong to tell me I must buy health Insurance or be subject to a fine or federal prosecution. It's just wrong, and is not within the powers of the government to make this so. Jesus did not support, defend, nor discuss Universal Health Care. He did, however, teach his disciples how to obtain healing. Here's a point most churches would do well to study & teach.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • McGuffin

      Save your money on the unproven/untested "natural cures" and spend that toward health insurance. It's not wrong for the government to require that everyone participate in any program; you are already required to participate in Social Security and Medicare, not to mention the payment of all other taxes. Regulation is required in order to achieve health care for everyone; some central authority must coordinate it or the money simply doesn't work (because healthy people won't buy insurance and the very poor can't afford it). What is so wrong about doing what is necessary to get everyone - including you and your wife - access to affordable health care?

      June 28, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  9. related

    There's a limit to how much we can spend on medical care. Some operations, like heart transplants (about $800,000 plus) should be reserved for presidents only. I've known of people that had several over a 30 years span. Why?

    June 28, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • McGuffin

      Why should some people be more important than others? Anyway, they choose those things based on how viable the transplant will be in the patient.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:33 am |
  10. Hamlet

    The comparison of the selling out of Jesus to the disagreement to socialized healthcare is rediculous.

    Whoever believes in this logic really doesn't understand logic at all.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • some guy

      ridiculous* hahaha

      June 28, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  11. juice

    I'm thinkin....it's at fairgrounds so of course there's animal stalls around making it even more dramatic. If this free outdoor clinic was taken somewhere else, might be little different. But still though....it highlights the very health care crisis we're in.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • related

      Who cares where they were treated? They were treated, that's what counts. These were not people living in Trump Palace.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • related

      Only about a half of the population actually contribute (pay federal taxes). The other half is free-loading. Where's the money going to come from?

      June 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Larry

      Yeah, I'm one of those free-loaders who pay no federal taxes – but like most of my cohorts, I pay a higher percentage of my income in 1) social security, 2) property taxes, 4) state taxes, 5) sales taxes, 6) fees, and yes 7) occasional parking tickets and speeding tickets than any of the richest people in America.

      So us "free loaders" are paying a higher percentage of our income to support our society than the rich people are. You advocates for making the poor pay federal taxes or having the rich pay less are full of bull!

      June 28, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  12. "militant" patients

    why does so much of our money go to fossil fuels when we don't have a real national health plan?

    June 28, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • McGuffin

      Seriously.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • Jaqueline

      I recently divsrceoed your blog/website and have genuinely enjoyed reading this and some of the other posts. I thought I would dive out from the shadows and leave my first comment. I'm not certain what to say other than I have enjoyed reading and will continue to visit as frequently as I can.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  13. mike52

    Healthcare is a moral issue let alone a pro-life stance, unless let them die is the new pro-life message. The GOP with their new flat earth mentality where up is down and and then new center is as far to the right as you can get.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Alex

      Sorry I refuse to pay for people mistakes. Should I pay for someone who contracted an STD or unwanted pregnancy? Or should i have to pay for someone who eats fast food for every meal then has a heart attack or gets diabetes. or someone who smokes?? Use logic. I agree people cant help everything but should healthcare cover bad personal choices? I think no.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • selendis

      glad I am not the only one that finds it interesting that the same party that wants to make sure we save unborn lives, doesn't want any responsibility for their health after birth.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • Gil Nodges

      Alex, my friend, you ARE paying for it already, and to an absurd extreme.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • billie

      Alex- none of us want to pay for those things but we do anyway in our current system. If we all have access to good healthcare maybe we won't have so many unintended pregnancies or stds, diabetes, heart disease, obesity.... because people could actually get preventative care, education and counseling. Not to mention the millions of people who have unpreventable diseases. We all carry predispositions for things and even you may end up with something through no action of your own. What if you didn't have health care? I really don't want to pay for a smoker's lung cancer treatment but if that's the trade off for everyone to have access for affordable healthcare then I will pay up because despite what the GOP wants you to believe, they are a small part of the issue. It's your every day people who can't afford every day care. I just got a bill from my son's ER visit. His asthma flared up and it couldn't wait until the pediatrician's office opened. The bill is $955.10. I have insurance so I'm not paying all of it but what if I had to. That's more than my monthly mortgage. I'd have to choose between my house payment and my child. This is how the ball gets rolling and people can't keep up. I don't have a lavish lifestyle. I don't have other areas where I can spend less. A $900 medical bill would put me over the edge and it would be difficult to make it back financially. Is my son to blame for having asthma? What about a kid whose parents have jobs that don't provide insurance? What about all these people who have been laid off do to the recession? They had insurance at their old jobs but due to things outside their control they find themselves without income or insurance. Maybe they have gotten jobs but not ones with benefits. Why should health care even be a benefit? It should be taken out of the job equation all together....It's a much bigger issue than just paying for pregnancy and std's.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:32 am |
    • McGuffin

      "Let them die" **is** the GOP / alleged Christian stance, sadly. :/ They've cheered executions and letting sick people without money die. They're stupid enough that they think Jesus said "keep all of your possessions and give nothing to the poor." They have no concept of "turn the other cheek" when it comes to foreign policy or gun control, "love your neighbor as yourself" when it comes to anything economic, or "love your enemy" when it comes to Obama or foreign nations. They booed the golden rule when Ron Paul suggested it. They go against everything their own religion teaches, all in the name of "freedom" over humanity, compassion, or love. I would imagine that Jesus would be appalled at the lot of them.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      So billie, if I understand your statements correctly you are saying that even though most Christians don't follow the true teachings of their religion that their belief system should be codified into the law of the land??

      June 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Should have been addressed to McGuffin

      June 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  14. beebee

    I wouldn't mind helping to pay for other people to have health benefits. Of course there are people who take advantage and make poor health choices. What makes me so special that I deserve to live and have heath benefits and my neighbor doesn't? Is it ok to watch children and the sick die because they or their parents can't afford it? Even if it is self inflicted, people have the right to medical treatment. Not all people have caused their own health problems. And if there is one in ten that cannot afford health insurance who has an illness that wasn't caused by their lifestyle, I would rather pay for all ten than watch people die.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • king

      What makes you special is that you probably worked hard and made a living but on the other hand your neighbor stayed home and collected free benefits all this time.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Lisa

      I am a nurse, and worked for a pediatrician, as well as in an ER. I don't mind helping the poor either, but....I saw more than one family that had more than 10 kids that were on welfare. I myself have 2. It was all we could afford. At what point do you have to teach accountability????? You CAN'T have 15 kids (I've seen it firsthand) and you've NEVER worked!! You have to stop the madness at some point. If we don't...there are going to be more people on welfare than are working. What's the solution????

      June 28, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • Briana

      I agree with you, beebee. Alex could well have added "should I pay for people as they age (when cancer, heart disease and eye problems increase)? No, I'm 24 and I will never have these problems!"

      June 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • SamMc

      It is not only people of lower income who do not have health insurance. A survey was recently conducted in my city and the result was that more that 50% of middle class Americans choose not to have health insurance. There were even stories of people who work in doctor's offices who do not have health insurance. When I started my first job, health insurance was considered part of the salary and there was no choice. Needless to say, the health costs were lower. All of us regardless of out age and fitness level are prone to have an accident, even a minor incident at home. A visit to the doctor for the uninsured could be $300.00, just for the consultation. Moreover, if car insurance was not required for all drivers of all ages, the insurance rates would be much higher for those who are paying insurance.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  15. MoseNewbell

    Why is the cost of healthcare so high? With all of this computational horsepower at our disposal, can we do some type of analysis to determine the root causes, and try to find an actual solution? All this political parroting of the puppet masters with the money doesn’t seem to be fixing the problem, does it my fellow sheeple?

    June 28, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • related

      Give people over 50 only pain medication and ease them out. About 70% of all the cost goes for medical care of the elderly, especially the year before they die.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  16. zandHcats

    How to fix it? First, as an individual, we should take care of our health and make good choice but when government steps in to intervene in our diet, it'd angry with others. Second, exercise, it can be free , if you can't afford to go to gym, walk, walk walk, stop putting junks in your mouth.

    I've sympathy with those who are struggling nowadays and depend on food stamps, but please buy the real food, real fruits, oat meal and beans, no more soda and juice, and sneaks. Freeze the fruits in the freezer and blend them later with milk or yogurt for breakfast, which are cheap & healthy. For god's sake, the chips are expensive, $3-5/package, I have no idea why some people can afford them. We need everyone to buy health insurance to drive the cost down, and everyone, yes even the poor! Let everyone is accountable for his/hers health! Overweighted insurers should subscribe with healthy food and exercise,look at the lady in the picture,half of our population has her size!

    We are living in a nation where has the most overweighted population in the world! No wonder we are broke!

    June 28, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  17. p

    P.S I Have Compassion Towards the hard working people of America the ones that have always worked hard for the government.
    Compassion for The ones that work hard and the day we will need that hard working money back we will reject us from getting when we need it! But, for the ones that dont work they get our money right away!

    June 28, 2012 at 12:44 am |
  18. related

    Another welfare giveaway in the making. Remember Social Security? Bankrupt. Medicare? Bankrupt. But, the third time is a charm!

    June 28, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • ohmygod50

      Social Security is self-funded you retard.......it is healthy for another 20 yrs.......do some research you moron.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Krista

      Social security has been a very successful plan, and healthy financially... which is why the gov't has kept stealing from it to pay for other programs.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • related

      Both programs are bankrupt, and they can't be saved – that's a fact.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Jake

      Not only is social security self-funded, it generates a surplus. Read real research not propaganda!

      June 28, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • lol

      the biggest welfare bums are our own government they get rich on our tab, live in mansions on our tab, send their kids to ivy league colleges on our tab, get free healthcare on our tab

      June 28, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • related

      Social Security is a joke. If people take out more than they paid into it, eventually it runs out. That's exactly what happened. And the people paying into it now are a much smaller group that cannot sustain the outflow.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • Lizardking75

      Social Security is not "self-funded" moron. Working class people put hard earned money into that fund and it is only viable as long as the government keeps its hand out of it.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • zandHcats

      May be you are the one to collect social benefits, if not look at your paycheck!

      June 28, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Jake

      I think you misinterpret what it means to be self-funded. Every dollar you put into social security via the tax, you get back when you retire. No additional taxes are needed, nor do any additional funds need to be acquired to fund your retirement. Therefore you "self" fund your own retirement. Also, social security pulls in more money than is needed to fund current retirees. That extra surplus goes into the national treasury. If you are a true fiscal conservative, like me, there is no reason to hate social security

      June 28, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • selendis

      that is just asinine. social security should have had a very large surplus, it was such a great revenue generator, we have been stealing from it to fund other government spending, almost from the very beginning.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • some guy

      @related wow you don't make any sense. I've been paying social security since I was in my teens, yet never seen a dime of it. That's how people can take out more than they pay, it is only for the elderly. Derp.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Jake

      Stealing is a harsh word. It was designed, from the begging, to have the surplus to be placed into the national treasury. What we do with our national tresury is up to our legislators who we elect.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  19. Liz

    This is pathetic. First time I click over to CNN for news. And last. This is fantasy. I'm going back to watching Star Trek if I want this stuff. I was curious as to why CNN is going down the tubes, and the first article I read says it all.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • maltytasker

      This, unfortunately, says a lot about you.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • selendis

      I find it extremely interesting, and contradictory that you would be a Star Trek fan, but now care about healthcare, or universal healthcare. Think you must have meant Star Wars......

      June 28, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • selendis

      Not care, not, now care. oops

      June 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  20. laughorcry

    Mr. Potter remembered that when people came to Jesus he rejected no one because of a pre-existing condition.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • related

      Jesus was a hippie that "anointed" himself with oil laced with marijuana and made wine out of water, for his own consumption. I don't think he had time to cure anyone.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:43 am |
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