Health Insurance Coverage Gaps Kill 26,000 Each Year, Advocacy Group Says
Health insurance is a nearly entirely American issue, being a stand-alone country in the first world in not providing single payer health care to our citizens.
In recent years, the health insurance issue has risen to cacophony levels — before the economy tanked, the number of Americans shut out of health insurance plans due either to employment or pre-existing conditions was far lower. But as an increasing number of American jobs — along with the health insurance coverage most Americans rely on their employment to provide — disappeared, the rising cost and diminishing availability of health insurance for a growing number of Americans could no longer be ignored.
But while most Americans are able to find some form of health insurance, those who do not face far less favorable outcomes when seeking treatment. And as the Supreme Court looks at the very, very watered down (almost enough to be homeopathic) health insurance coverage act known alternately as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, one advocacy group has cited a rather grim number of deaths due to the fact that America can’t get it together when it comes to health insurance and just provide single payer like literally every single other developed country in the world.
According to Families USA, a health care consumer advocacy group, 26,000 Americans die each year due to the fact they are not covered by health insurance or not covered enough by health insurance, compared to other countries. CNN quotes Ron Pollack of Families USA, who says:
“The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress to address an American tragedy and an American shame… The fact remains that for the millions of Americans without health coverage, only the Affordable Care offers the promise of access to affordable coverage and to a longer and healthier life.”
Pollack addressed the ongoing lack of care experienced by those who do not have health insurance, and emphasized:
“For almost 50 million Americans, not having health insurance isn’t trivial, or just an inconvenience or a minor budget challenge… Because of the way we currently provide and charge for health care, many millions of Americans without health coverage are denied regular access to quality care, and many of these people face an unjust sentence of a less healthy life and an earlier death.”
To put the health insurance death toll in perspective, we’ve launched two wars and spent untold amounts of money avenging the 3,000 deaths on September 11th. Had we instead spent the money we had on those wars on health insurance for American citizens, we could be avoiding a death toll that each year is basically like nine September 11ths.