This week, President Obama took his case for a public health insurance plan to the voters, campaign-style. On Capitol Hill, the war over the costs, details and philosophy of health care proposals has grown more intense by the day. The Congressional Democrats are deeply split over how to pay for more coverage, and the Republicans are attacking the Democrats for supporting a public health plan.
Most Americans say they want substantial changes in the current system, as even the insured face soaring costs and diminishing coverage. When Room for Debate published two forums on the health care issue — on the call for mandatory insurance and on ways to change doctors' pay — hundreds of readers, including many in medical professions, wrote in to describe how they manage (or don't) to live with this system. Here are excerpts from their comments.