Re: Obamacare Questions
- From: Billy <wldbilly@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 12:12:44 -0700
In article <h5s1vr$7as$2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"W. Baker" <wbaker@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Kurt <kurtwheeling1965@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
: > In ten or twenty years time there WILL be a public health-care system
: > in place in the USA; it seems such a pity that so many will die or
: > live in misery and pain before it finally arrives.
: Well said. Yes, I do agree. It should already be in place...people are
: suffering now.
many are suffering now. I summer in a rural Upstate, NY area and many,
with incomes too high for Medicade are suffering either with high costs
for self-pain health insurance, or no health inaurance. Most loca
employers outide of schools,or hospitals pay for health insurance. Most
people work sevral jobs adn couples several jobs each to earn a living and
may have to pay out more than $1,000 a month for health care, which they
cannot afford, so do without. Others, with pre-existing conditions can't
get it for love or money. This is a real, nationwide problem that needs
to be a ddressed with either partially subsidised private or public
health insurance. That is what makes many of us want to see this health
plan proceed and pass.
If you think health care is not rationed here, then you are crazy. It is
rationed by money or income. Peole who become very ill may well lose
their health insurance currently, or if they no longer can work because of
their serious health condition, also loose their health insurance adn have
to spend down and even go into bankruptcy to pay for care. tht is sthe
main cause of personal bankruptcy in the US. A good bout of caner and
all can be lost. I guess you could call it a payor die system.
Illness and medical bills caused half of the 1,458,000 personal
bankruptcies in 2001, according to a study published by the journal
The study estimates that medical bankruptcies affect about 2 million
Americans annually -- counting debtors and their dependents, including
about 700,000 children.
Surprisingly, most of those bankrupted by illness had health insurance.
More than three-quarters were insured at the start of the bankrupting
illness. However, 38 percent had lost coverage at least temporarily by
the time they filed for bankruptcy.
Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.
~Channing E. Phillips
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