Healthcare reform: Health and human services dominate the state budget and account for almost 50% of all expenditures. The need for reform is clear as costs keep rising and patients are treated like pawns in a grand-scale chess game. The right to determine the “who, what, where, when, and how” medical cares are provided is being stripped from the patient: and without patient approval corporations and government agencies are taking over control of many personal issues. The patient’s voice is absent, and it can no longer be said that “a patient is his own champion.” The disappearance of our patient-centered, physician-guided system of caring for one another may have been unimaginable only a few years ago, but it is happening right in front of us. The lack of a single physician in either the House or Senate heightens the crisis and the demonization of doctors as the cause of inflated health care costs is absurd. (The sum of all practicing physician salaries does not amount to even 10% of health care costs.)