The fact that the United States, the wealthiest nation that mankind has ever seen, does not guarantee the right to healthcare coverage is a national tragedy. According to a 2009 Harvard University study, approximately 45,000 people die annually due to medical complications that could have otherwise been resolved through basic coverage. For every other industrialized nation, that figure is 0 people annually. The leading cause of personal bankruptcy in America is the inability to pay medical expenses. For the average American, virtually any increase in his or her income tax rate as a result of a single payer system would be offset by the negation of premiums and deductibles. I don't want to hear anyone peddle nonsense such as "Canada has longer waiting periods therefore American healthcare is fine!" At least the citizens of Canada and every other modern country besides America will be guaranteed access to a physician. It seems that in the United States, we must pay for the right to live.