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More and More Uninsured In America

October 18, 2010

Is it me or is it reasonable to be outraged as the fact that more and more Americans are uninsured? In an industrialized country? It just does not make sense to me that in this day and age a person can go without any insurance for his or her health care. The issue is this, in my view at least, that since we do not live in a bubble and no man is an island, if the person next to me on the train has tuberculosis, it will have an effect on my quality of life.

No, this is not altruism talking. It comes purely from selfish self interest–something that my Libertarian and Conservative friends should be able to relate to.

According to a recent article in the physician publication American Medical News, the number of Americans without health insurance has increased to forty-seven million people last year. By comparison, approximately thirty-eight million four hundred thousand Americans had no health insurance insurance in 2000. The American Medical News suggests that one of the reasons for such a large increase in the ranks of the uninsured concern employer benefit cutbacks:

“Overall, the picture is one of continual erosion of employer coverage that is now starting to squeeze the middle class,” said Karen Davis, PhD, president of the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation dedicated to improving health care. “It’s very troubling to see this dramatic increase.”

Several reform suggestions advocated by the American Medical Association to use tax credits and vouchers to faciliate the purchase of health insurance sound promising. However, I cannot understand how uninsured or even insured consumers will benefit by other tort reform aspects of the American Medical Association advocacy agenda. I simply fail to see a coorelation between limitations on accountability for medical errors and access to health insurance and quality medical care.

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