Only 15.3% of US Citizens
Are without Health Insurance--Hooray!
All of us
who are either without health insurance or who are enduring $1,000/month
payments for health insurance with $2,500 /year/ person deductibles are
really happy, no doubt, to know that only 15.3% of the US population is
un-insured (44.8 million people), instead of the 15.9% originally
reported. See the
Sue and I are sitting here waiting to have any sort of big medical problem wipe out our entire life savings and investments. It's not difficult at all to run up a $1 or 2 million dollar tab with severe heart attack, cancer, or CVA (stroke) occurrences, and our high-priced, high-deductible insurance pays, in reality, about half of any medical costs after the deductible is satisfied. It doesn't take an actuary to figure out that any such an occurrence is going to financially wipe out almost anyone.
I sympathize to the point of empathy with those of you who are students and ineligible for your parents' health insurance, if any. That means that, almost by definition, you're without health insurance in any form. At least Sue and I have an insurance card. That means that, for the moment anyway, we can get in at a regular hospital and survive the "wallet biopsy" that determines whether you'll stay there or be shipped to University as a guinea pig for the OU interns/residents to practice on. For those without any insurance, there's no option.
Americans are a continuing source of amazement to our European and
This issue, identified as a looming problem for decades, should have been resolved long ago, as it has been in the rest of the industrialized world. Apparently our President, governors, and legislators, both Federal and local, are busying themselves playing power politics (not to mention selling the government to the highest bidder) at the expense of the health of our citizens. Perhaps voting them ALL out of office would be a good start at a solution to the problem.
that hubbub you hear in the background is the sound of simmering
revolution coming to a boil. No weapons will be required; the
sixty-and-over set VOTES. So should you!
P.S. Guess I'd better go get on the treadmill now and see if I can put off the inevitable as long as possible. Have a nice day! --CLO
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