Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Another Sympton

This doesn't really affect me right now because I have a good job and it includes a comprehensive set of health care benfits. The reality for you and me though is that tomorrow it could all change and we will be in the same boat. A new report by the Commonwealth Fund clearly shows that the hardest working and backbone of American society is gradually( and not that slowly) being left behind in the search for security and freedom from fear of even a minor health crisis. This is the legacy that Bush and his henchman are leaving us. As long as the GOP and the major healthcare and drug companies control the agenda the bulk of America is at a high risk of being placed in the untenable position of being financially ruined by even a minor health crisis.

In a nutshell:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 40 percent of Americans making between $20,000 and $40,000 a year went without insurance for at least part of the year last year, according to a study published on Tuesday.

  • More than 40% of middle income Americans went without insurance
  • 20% of working adults paying off medical debt
  • 60% of uninsured adults with chronic illnesses skip medicine because they can't afford it

"The jump in uninsured among those with modest incomes is alarming, particularly at a time when our economy has been improving," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis, who helped write the study.

"For an uninsured person who is unlucky enough to get sick, it is easy to see how quickly they can fall into a downward spiral of debt, forgone care, and poorer health," Sara Collins, Commonwealth Fund senior program officer, said in a statement.

1 comment:

Danny Haszard said...

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