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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 07:53 AM
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Young adults lead in lacking healthcare: report
Source: Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Adults aged 19 to 29 are the biggest group of the newly uninsured, according to an independent research group's report released on Wednesday

That age group made up 30 percent of the 45 million Americans without health insurance in 2005, according to the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund.

Young adults, many who are just entering the workforce and can't afford the high cost of individual insurance, are the big drivers of an increase in uninsured adults, the report said.

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U.S. Census and other data cited by the report show 40 percent of the uninsured young are in households earning less than the federal poverty level.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSN072501122...
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 08:24 AM
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1. all my 22 year old daughters friends do not have health insurance
most work at temp services,welfare, part time,or work for themselves. many have health issues or unattended injuries mostly dental work..

universal health care? let`s keep track the dollars the insurance industry gives to the candidates across the country...
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Broadslidin Donating Member (949 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 10:49 AM
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6. In this Class Society, does the typical unaffected amurikan give a damn...?
:yoiks:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 09:29 AM
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2. All the more reason to sign them up....
It will lower the risk pool for the rest of us...
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 09:56 AM
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3. ...And Many With Insurance are "Underinsured"...
Survey Reveals Many Americans 'Underinsured'
Consumer Reports Survey: One-Fourth Of Population 'Underinsured'


POSTED: 12:21 pm EDT August 7, 2007
YONKERS, N.Y. -- A new Consumer Reports survey finds nearly a quarter of the U.S. population, while carrying health insurance, is underinsured.

In other words, the insurance they do have barely covers their medical needs and leaves them unprepared to pay for major medical expenses.

Forty-three percent of people with insurance said they were somewhat to completely unprepared to cope with a costly medical emergency over the coming year. About 16 percent had no health plan at all. That includes many working people whose jobs don't offer insurance or who can't afford the available plan.

In an effort to fix the problem, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont have passed laws aimed at providing health insurance to everyone, with help for people who don't get it through their jobs and can't afford to buy on their own. Many other states are considering similar laws.

http://www.newsnet5.com/health/13839533/detail.html
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 09:59 AM
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4. there's the gap between no longer qualifying with your parents and
having a job that is permanent enough and high enough on the chain to have health insurance.

fortunately I guess you could say that's the period in life where med problems are least likely.

Still, we ought to de-couple coverage from jobs - otherwise, people are tied to one job over it. Free it from the job and you don't have these problems.

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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 10:09 AM
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5. That's always been the case - The GOOD news is...
People in that age group rarely have catastrophic health problems.
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Broadslidin Donating Member (949 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 11:09 AM
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7. Yes, until a catastrophic illness or injury occurs, why bother with health care.
Maybe,
fervent prayer to God(s) of your choosing
might see You Through
while classified as an 'uninsured unit'.

When a unit's permanent record indicates
a period of corporate health insurance avoidance,
a thorough medical investigation will be required
to determine if the 'unit' is an "Untouchable".
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 11:52 AM
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8. Seems to me there are lots of adults 50-65 who don't. nt
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 11:58 AM
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9. as a former young person all i can say is NO SHIT SHERLOCK
we get dropped from the parents' insurance. we're either in college/grad school or have shitty jobs (with no insurance), or we're trying to strike out on our own in a private business. I didn't have insurance until i was 30 -- and i had accrued a litany of horror stories trying to get seen by a doctor.

my first job after school, after running my own business for 3 years, was creative director for a small advertising agency that specialized in healthcare. we had no insurance. nice irony there.
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bamacrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 12:14 PM
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10. I just became one of those.
As long as I was a student I could remain on my parents insurance until my 24th birthday...which was last friday.
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MLFerrell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 12:18 PM
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11. This 25 year old adult doesn't have health insurance.
If I broke a bone or got seriously ill, I couldn't afford to get treated anywhere, even at a clinic. I have a hard enough time paying my rent and bills as it is, let alone saddle myself with several hundred or thousand dollars worth of medical expenses.
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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 12:23 PM
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12. 28 and no insurance here
I work as an independant contractor and while I could afford to purhcase insurance on my own, I wouldn't be saving any money for my future for things like the new car I need, a house, an engagement ring, the wedding, kids, ect. $400 a month is quite the chunk to take out.

Thank goodness I'm a healthy individual with low cholesterol, low blood pressure and no history of health issues.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 12:24 PM
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13. All the new jobs come w/o
On the upside, these SHOULD be the least likely to need insurance.
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