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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 01:32 PM
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Correcting the Facebook quote: "80% of the uninsured have full-time jobs."
Many of you have seen this facebook quote:

80% of the uninsured have full-time jobs. 62% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are because of unpaid medical bills. 75% of those actually have health insurance. Enough is enough, time for reform. If you agree, please post this as your status for the next 24 hours


Well...before I post something I like to find the source and in doing research, I found this quote needs a little tweak:


80% of the uninsured have full-time jobs NOT QUITE RIGHT: "80 percent of the uninsured come from families with full-time or part-time workers"

SOURCES:

THE WORKING POOR The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that about two-thirds of the uninsured 30 million people earn less than twice the poverty level, or about $44,000 for a family of four. It also estimates that more than 80 percent of the uninsured come from families with full-time or part-time workers. They often cannot get coverage at work or find it too expensive to buy. They surely deserve a helping hand.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23sun1.html?_...

Using a conservative definition, 62.1% of all bankruptcies in 2007 were medical....Most medical debtors were well educated, owned homes, and had middle-class occupations. Three
quarters had health insurance.

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http://www.pnhp.org/new_bankruptcy_study/Bankruptcy-200...

LET'S MAKE SURE WE GET THE FACTS CORRECT, SO THEY CAN'T BE USED AGAINST US! We need real reform NOW!

:hi:
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Meggae Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 03:29 PM
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1. Thank you
I went looking for resources to back up this statement when I saw it in one of my friends status updates. I, too, like to know where my information is coming from and appreciate your taking the time to gather it, post it and clarify it. With all the misinformation surrounding this issue, I don't like to contribute to furtherance of it, even unwittingly. Your effort is truly appreciated.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 05:21 PM
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2. You're welcome Meggae and a big welcome to DU!
:hi:
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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 06:14 PM
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3. Thanks for the info...
knew if I came here someone would have the 'rest of the story'. Thanks!
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