Drop whatever you are doing and go directly to 4 & 20 Blackbirds and read this article by JC. 45,000 premature deaths each year. “Lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 44,789 deaths per year in the United States, more than those caused by kidney disease.”
“The increased risk of death attributable to uninsurance suggests that alternative measures of access to medical care for the uninsured, such as community health centers, do not provide the protection of private health insurance. Despite widespread acknowledgment that enacting universal coverage would be life saving, doing so remains politically thorny. Now that health reform is again on the political agenda, health professionals have the opportunity to advocate universal coverage.”
This ain’t no crackpot think tank. This article was published in the American Journal of Public Health by major health care professionals.