It's easy to see why many people who are not covered at work don't have insurance. For some people, it is more than their rent or house payments - and they just don't have the money.
plazul wrote: Government reports released yesterday show that median household income is down and the number of children without health insurance has risen drastically.
Emergency rooms across the country are burdened with delivering primary care to the uninsured, many of them children. Using ERs for primary care is driving up health care costs as treatment for non emergency conditions at the emergency room is exponentially higher than a visit to a doctor's office. Often, the ailments that emergency medicine physicians see in uninsured children could have been prevented by early treatment. Many deaths could also be prevented if uninsured children had access to a primary care physician and regular examinations.
This type of delivery system is not sustainable, and having tens of millions of uninsured children is unacceptable and shameful. But those children have no voice and they have no political power so the politicians will continue posture on the health care question and not do anything about it.