April 26, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
The headline reads, Percentage of Uninsured Americans Rising, but "rising" is a dramatic understatement:
The percentage of working-age Americans with moderate to middle incomes who lacked health insurance for at least part of the year rose to 41 percent in 2005, a dramatic increase from the 28 percent in 2001 without coverage, a study released on Wednesday found.28 to 41 percent in five years! Actually, the story itself calls it an "explosion."
The report paints a bleak health care picture for the uninsured. "It represents an explosion of the insurance crisis into those with moderate incomes," said Sara Collins, a senior program officer at the Commonwealth Fund.And people without insurance put off treatment until things get very expensive - or worse.
Bush's forced decline of America accelerates.
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The situation is far worse than the article makes it sound. The uninsured are ALWAYS charged far more than insurance companies pay for the insured. Both for treatment and for medications. This is true; I'm not making it up.
So -- the uninsured put off medical care as long as possible and get it only when it's an emergency, so it's much more expensive than it otherwise would be.
City hospitals, especially those with any sense of morality, are in terrible financial trouble because they tend to cover the costs of the uninsured. The Catholic hospital closest to me has had to go into bankruptcy.
OR -- the uninsured end up deep in debt and can't pay without terrible hardship. Keep in mind the new bankruptcy laws for individuals.
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