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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:38 PM
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NYT editorial: The Uninsured (2004 est. 18,000 deaths a year due to lack of insurance)
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Editorial

The Uninsured

Published: August 22, 2009

One of the major goals of health care reform is to cover the vast numbers of uninsured. But how vast, really, is that pool of people? Who are they? And how important is it to cover all or most of them

Critics play down the seriousness of the problem by pointing out that the ranks of the uninsured include many people who have chosen to forgo coverage or are only temporarily uninsured: workers who could afford to pay but decline their employers coverage; the self-employed who choose not to pay for more expensive individual coverage; healthy young people who prefer not to buy insurance they may never need; people who are changing jobs; poor people who are eligible for Medicaid but have failed to enroll. And then there are the illegal immigrants, a favorite target of critics.

All that is true, to some degree. But the implication that lack of insurance is no big deal and surely not worth spending a trillion dollars to fix is not.

No matter how you slice the numbers, there are tens of millions of people without insurance, often for extended periods, and there is good evidence that lack of insurance is harmful to their health.

Scores of well-designed studies have shown that uninsured people are more likely than insured people to die prematurely, to have their cancers diagnosed too late, or to die from heart failure, a heart attack, a stroke or a severe injury. The Institute of Medicine estimated in 2004 that perhaps 18,000 deaths a year among adults could be attributed to lack of insurance.

The oft-voiced suggestion that the uninsured can always go to an emergency room also badly misunderstands what is happening. By the time they do go, many of these people are much sicker than they would have been had insurance given them access to routine and preventive care. Emergency rooms are costly, and if uninsured patients cannot pay for their care, the hospital or the government ends up footing the bill.

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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:52 AM
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1. No comment? n/t
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:21 PM
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5. hard to keep up with your voume lol
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:34 AM
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2. Now everybody thump their chests and chant in unison!!!
We're #1!

We're #1!



Fuckin' 'ell; even Cubans get full medical coverage as a human right.

Wake up, Americans.
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area51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:45 PM
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3. 100,000 per year die due to lack of healthcare in the U.S.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:28 PM
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6. thanks for the link; very thorough and informative article. nt
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:58 PM
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4. The number is more than 22,000 deaths
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