There is something seriously wrong in America. I just don't get it. We spend billions and billions of dollars on an immoral pre-emptive war in Iraq while millions of hard working Americans go without health insurance.
Reuters reported on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study that found that 20 million working Americans don't have health insurance.
"More than 20 million working Americans have no health insurance, with close to one in four employed people going without health care in some states, according to a report issued on Wednesday.
And 41 percent of these uninsured Americans report have trouble seeing a doctor when they need to, said the report from the non-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This compared with 9 percent of insured adults."
This lack of health care means that working people are delaying or not getting health care leading to increased suffering and premature death.
"The survey found that 56 percent of adults without health care coverage did not have a personal doctor or health care provider, compared with 16 percent of people with health insurance.
Looking at data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the group found that 20 percent of uninsured adults described their health as fair or poor, compared with 12 percent of adults with health coverage.
"Too many families suffer, and too many lives are lost because our nation has not taken action to address this problem," said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation."
While the dithering idiots in Washington yam on and on about steroids in baseball, and the "nuclear option" for filibuster rules, the citizens in this country are in need of some basic services. Will you write or call your senator and congressperson today, and tell them you want them to address the uninsured health problem in our country?