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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 04:03 PM
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19. how many would die as a result of this?
My ex lives nearby and we've remained close friends over the years. She is "contingent faculty" at a local college-- a lecturer in the social sciences. She makes a tenuous living but has no benefits whatsoever. Without insurance, with some significant health problems, and in her mid-50s, she is desperately trying to stay alive and healthy until she qualifies for Medicare. Mandating private insurance purchase isn't going to do her any good at all-- she couldn't afford it even if she could find it. Her "preexisting conditions" might be less of a direct impediment after 2014, but I guarantee you she will still be priced out of the market for private insurance. Her only hope is Medicare. If she lives long enough.

How many other Americans are in that boat with her? How many will die as a result of not receiving timely medical care while they wait those two extra years for Medicare?
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