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Some critics of the universal healthcare system argue that patients may have to wait longer to receive care. If that means millions of uninsured Americans will have coverage, Michael says it's worth the wait.

"I've got to say, as an American, if I need to wait an extra four weeks or eight weeks because my knee is hurting, and I might need a knee replacement, I'd rather wait those eight weeks if it meant that almost 50 million of my fellow citizens had health insurance," he says. "I'd be willing to do that."

Michael says it's time to ask ourselves, "Who are we as a people?"

Karen says Americans can start by urging their Congressional representatives to vote for children's healthcare legislation. "That's something very tangible we could all do as a society," she says. "We can do that today."

In October 2007, President Bush vetoed the Children's Healthcare Bill. Congress attempted to override his veto but fell 13 votes short. Months later, Congress presented a new bill, which President Bush again vetoed on December 12, 2007.

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