I’m a single mother who works for herself as well as other small companies; I'm one of the millions who are uninsured.
I can only afford insurance for my 3-year-old daughter because I want to make sure she is taken care of. I’ve looked into coverage for myself and even as a healthy woman under the age of 30, with no pre-existing conditions, the premiums are still ridiculous. The only time I’ve had coverage was when I was under the care of my parents and a few years beyond college. I’ve been blessed that I’ve had no serious injuries which would cause me to incur extreme expenses from hospitals, doctors, etc.
Not all who are uninsured are as lucky, it is estimated that 45,000 people die every year, that's 1 every 12 minutes, due to lack of health care coverage. According to a Reuters article, nearly 45,000 people die in the U.S. each year because they lack medical insurance:
"We're losing more Americans every day because of inaction … than drunk driving and homicide combined," Dr. David Himmelstein, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, said in an interview with Reuters.
Overall, researchers said American adults age 64 and younger who lack health insurance have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those who have coverage.
Every industrialized country, with the exception of the United States, as well as many developing countries, has universal health care. That information is so unbelievably shocking it makes me envious of how other countries handle the health care for their people. Why is America, as one of the richest countries, unable to do the same? Other countries don’t only handle health care coverage better than us — they also emphasize prevention, which is key.
In America, drug companies profit so much from people being sick they don’t want you to get better — ever. It’s their goal to push drugs that Americans must rely on without any alternative. Most of them are simply white collar drug dealers who get away with murder, literally. Have you seen some of the side effects of the latest drugs? A lot of them include serious permanent damage and possible death! And how many others get pulled off the shelves after a few months because drug companies discover something's horribly wrong with their "wonder" pill?
We should be ashamed and embarrassed at the lack of health care coverage for Americans. I’m proud of President Obama for bringing these serious health issues, which have been overlooked for too long, to the forefront!
Now with the recent news of the health care reform bill passing in the House of Representatives, there is finally some light at the end of this tunnel. But now the question is what would this really mean for those that are uninsured? Time will only tell. Stay tuned…