Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Number of Middle Class Uninsured Skyrocketing

The number of middle class Americans without health insurance is increasing rapidly, a new report by The Commonwealth Fund concludes.

According to the study, more than 40% of US citizens who make between $20K and $40K per year went at least part of 2005 without health insurance. This percentage is up dramatically from 28% in 2001.

Some other notable conclusions in the report:
  • Over 32 million Americans without health insurance are in families where at least one member is employed full-time (that's 67% of the total number of uninsured)
  • 20% of working adults are currently paying off medical debt (most of them more than $2000)
  • 60% of uninsured adults with chronic illnesses skip medication doses to save money
  • Uninsured patients are significantly less likely to engage in proactive measures such as screenings than insured patients
None of this is very surprising. And I don't know what's worse, the information itself or the fact that it's not surprising.

Why isn't letting fellow Americans go without necessary health care considered unpatriotic?

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