Hi, Mr. Durbin!
I'm currently enrolled in the medical school at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus). Illinois has a great thing going on this campus, where faculty, students, and alumni are driving forward medical research and spearheading innovation with positive impact from the bench to the bedside.
The combination of compassion and progress in medicine have transformed the field into what we see today.
I'm urging you to vote against the healthcare bill as it stands because I do not want compassion to be removed from the medical equation.
I firmly believe that medicine works best when it's carried out on a patient-doctor scale, not when the hospital room is in effect crowded out with representatives from third-payer systems -- either from insurance companies or government agencies.
If insurance companies were eliminated, medical costs were influenced by supply-and-demand, and the freedom of the patient and the doctor were affirmed in health policy, I know that the same kind of successes in medical research would soon become apparent in medical costs and treatment.