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Families USA: Skyrocketing unemployment = 184,700 North Carolinians Losing Health Coverage in 2009

one two punch cover2The national consumer group FamiliesUSA released a report today tying the sharp increase in unemployment numbers in North Carolina to the increase in the numbers of uninsured working-age adults in our state. NC is one of the top five states in the country in the percentage of working age adults who have lost coverage according to the report. This isn’t a surprise to us at the NC Justice Center. In our travels around the state over the last few months we’ve talked to many people at community meetings from Hendersonville to Greenville who have lost their jobs and their health coverage. In addition, we’ve seen the huge increases in health insurance costs mean that many small businesses, who are already struggling and laying off workers, can no longer afford to cover their owners or employees.

It’s clear national health reform can’t come soon enough for North Carolina.

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4 Comments

  1. IBXer

    October 15, 2009 at 10:54 am

    How is raising taxes and fees on working families, limiting their healthcare choices, and slashing Medicare to expand Medicaid supposed to help us exactly?

  2. Lou Meyers

    October 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Single Payer – Medicare for All should be on the table — front and center. Boost everyone’s medicare rates and be done with it. The amount needed would be a fraction of the premiums presently going to the Insurance Cartel in addition to the excessive co-pays,deductibles, out of pocket, amounts denied etc. We would then have a world class healthcare system. Simpler and far superior to anything that is on the table.!

    Side effects? —-Property tax rates (covering indigent care), auto, home, business liability, workman’s comp insurance premiums (all covering medical bills) will all be slashed when medicare picks up the tab for our medical bills. How is that for side effects!

    Any complaints about the present legislation moving through Congress should be taken up with the insurance companies.
    They are the ones writing the bills!

  3. IBXer

    October 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

    More does not equal less.

  4. Paul

    October 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    North Carolina Unemployment Trends Visualized as a Heat Map:
    North Carolina Unemployment in August 2009 (BLS data)
    http://www.localetrends.com/st/nc_north_carolina_unemployment.php?MAP_TYPE=curr_ue

    versus North Carolina Unemployment Levels 1 year ago
    http://www.localetrends.com/st/nc_north_carolina_unemployment.php?MAP_TYPE=m12_ue