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Here’s a fact you may have heard before, but bears repeating again and again, as long as right-wing ideologues continue to block health care reform.

45,000 adults in the United States die every year because of a lack of health insurance.

Now remind me again why we have the “greatest health care system in the world” or why the debate can wait until next year.


  1. IBXer

    October 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Where are the death certificates that state “Cause of Death: Lack of Insurance”?

    People cannot be denied healthcare in this country. It is a shame people don’t know the difference between healthcare and health insurance.

  2. James

    October 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

    What’s really a shame is that people don’t understand that other people are denied healthcare every single minute of every single day in this country because they don’t have insurance.

    I have a friend who will die in the next two months because her insurance no longer covers her cancer treatment. Technically, you are right. She will die because she can’t get medicine. As a practical matter, she can’t get medicine because her insurance company is operating as a death panel.

  3. Kimberly

    October 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    People are denied health care every day all over our country. Sure, anyone can go to an E.R. and receive very basic medical treatment for an emergency but then they have to pay the bill. All medical professionals and treatment facilities will demand payment and will do whatever it takes to obtain payment to include wage garnishments, home liens, ruination of credit, criminal and civil prosecution. So there is no real access to care for the uninsured that will not have severe consequences for the inability to pay for that access to care. E.R.’s do not provide routine maintenance care for chronic conditons so that entire population is suffering if they are uninsured. Lack of insurance and lack of ability to pay is lack of access to medical care which allows 44,789 people to die per year. For those that disagree, I suggest they go to their local hospital, tell them that they can’t pay and have no insurance and do not qualify for any charity care or public health program but demand the best of care and have tests run and every other part of medical care provided and then wait a month and see the bills pile in and then wait another 6 months to watch the legal action commence. That is if the hospital and doctors will provide the needed treatment when they find out there is no insurance and no ability to pay.

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