- November 6, 2011 at 6:14 am #631085
The federal and state governments, through Medicare and Medicaid, collectively cover approximately 90 million Americans.
Approximately 46 million Americans are uninsured. I know that number is debatable, so let’s knock it down to an even 30 million, which is probably a little more accurate.
Approximately 25 million Americans are underinsured.
That’s a total of 135 million Americans, or 44% of the entire population, for whom the health insurance industry (scam) has failed.
The fact that 135 million Americans have effectively been relegated to fend for themselves is proof of the fact that the market has failed.
Those are certainly astounding numbers, but they don’t even begin to account for the tens of millions of Americans that do have coverage but have to deal with either sky-high premiums, outrageous co-pays, exorbitant deductibles, and low expense caps, among other issues.
In short, I don’t believe health care should be a commodity for businesses to profit from. It’s a fundamentally flawed system and there’s just too much of a conflict of interest. Ideally we would have a single-payer system here, but sadly it’s not going to happen since the insurance lobby cannot be defeated. At the very least we should have a public option, and hopefully this bill passes and eventually evolves into such.
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