Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How Bad Is It?

Uninsured americans soar over 50 million

"As the Great Recession has sown unemployment and downgraded work even for those people who have held on to their jobs, the number of Americans lacking healthcare has swelled beyond 50 million, according to a sobering new report from the Kaiser Foundation.
Among the report's most troubling findings: The number of Americans without any health care coverage grew by more than four million in 2009. That left almost one-fifth of non-elderly people uninsured. Among those between 19 and 29 years old, nearly one-third lacked coverage.
The study underscores the degree to which the recession has accelerated the loss of basic elements once viewed as inextricable pieces of a middle class life. The number of Americans lacking medical coverage now exceeds the population of Spain."

Fuck this recession talk, it's a fucking depression. One sixth of the people in this country will not pay for needed health care out of their pockets because they have to pay for a roof over their heads and put food on their plates, thereby ensuring worse health down the road.
I'd dare anyone to argue that 1. this country is the bestest country that ever existed yadayada and 2. we don't face anything but imminent collapse.


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