Hi- I've read posts about projected salaries of MDs, but one thing that I haven't read about is the impact of a universal health care system on salaries, lifestyle, etc. I'm from WA state, and here we seem to be heading toward a single payer system soon. The state hired some guy to help "fix" the health care "crisis" here in this state, and his solution is to allow insurance premiums to continue to skyrocket until they are totally unaffordable to average people, and then everyone will be forced to "demand" a single-payer option from the government. Here, insurance is a total mess, and each year our premiums go up by at least 25%. And insurance companies are pulling out of WA b/c it's still too expensive for them, since we have so many medicaid types. Many Doctors here think that a single-payer system isn't far off. This is a primary reason I am at this point choosing the military option as my first. In a single payer system, I won't have the financial incentive to take out loans, etc. I do think that universal health care would be awful, and that it's an unpopular idea right now for patients, doctors, and lawyers alike, but I am afraid that it may happen within my lifetime at least. Any thought?