"The irony is that had the accident occurred in Canada her care would have been covered because, unlike the U.S., Canada has a system of universal coverage," wrote Wendell Potter, an insurance executive-turned-whistleblower who writes for iWatch at the Center for Public Integrity. "No one in Canada finds themselves in that predicament, nor do they face losing their homes as many Americans do when they become critically ill or suffer an injury..." (Republicans call universal health care (gasp) "socialism") On Monday, Potter pointed to the plight of a 13-year-old Caroline Richmond on life support in Alabama after collapsing from a stroke, which turned out to be caused by leukemia. Her self-employed parents do not have health coverage. As it turns out, Caroline is one of more than 50 million men, women and children who do not have health insurance in the United States, which is why her family is in the same predicament as Sarah Burkes, Potter wrote. An estimated 700,000 American families file for bankruptcy every year because of medical debt, Potter said. U.S. News - Iconic skier's death points out U.S. health gap Knowing that Dallas and his wife, Christy, are worried not only about their daughter but also about the real possibility they might be forced into bankruptcy and lose their home because of the medical bills, Smith has joined other friends of the family to raise money. Carolines classmates and teachers have put Cups for Caroline in all the homerooms at Fairhope Middle School, where Caroline is an eighth-grader. Theyve also held car washes. Carolines story is not unique. Tragedies like hers occur so often, in fact, that they rarely make the news anymore. But it is precisely because they are an everyday occurrence that health care reform was so urgently needed. We have been led to believe by opponents of reform that our health care system is the best in the world. The reality, of course, is that, while we do indeed have some of the worlds best doctors and hospitals, the system in which they operate has become increasingly dysfunctional and unnecessarily expensive. This is why the reform law, despite its flaws, must go forward. (Never happen. Republicans want health care companies so soak Americans for all they can. They ignorantly call it "capitalism".) ANALYSIS: Another family's tragic tale of unaffordable health care | iWatch News by The Center for Public Integrity I don't understand the "let him die" mentality. I simply don't get it. And this party might once again rule America and finish the job they started under Bush.