Donna Smith, American SiCKO, is executive director of the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation
Is it because the deaths aren't seen as being so gruesome as a drone strike or chemical weapons launch? Is it because the deaths happen slowly, painfully, but often quietly at home or on the streets of America where we accept death will come to the poor and those who didn't have enough money to save themselves? Is it because we really don't believe 123 people are dying every day because they lack the public or private coverage or the cash or credit it would take to purchase that access?
What is it about us that makes allowing these people to die every die after much illness and pain and still turn our attention to other things that seem more pressing? Must it actually happen directly in each of our own families or to our own bank accounts before we have the capacity to care enough to act?
Do we really believe that reforming the insurance purchase markets will end the killing and the driving of people to bankruptcy? Why are we so willing to test that out?
Today I just have questions. Today I know someone not very removed from my own circle of friends and family is quietly slipping away but could have been saved, and I cannot find a reason why some other civilized people in this world don't step up and call America out on this abuse of human rights. Our world is pretty turned around on itself when we act high and mighty about rescuing others suffering innocents of war and conflict yet we knowingly support a health care system that kills for profit. Sick stuff. Sick world.
Sick of it. Would an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system help save these people and perhaps even heal some of our economic issues? Will other countries of the world do better with health care if they try to imitate us and make more money from the bartering of human life for money? Questions with answers that many people don't care to know are questions we probably most need to ask.
August 31, 2013 -- Today's count of the health care dead and broke for profit in the U.S.:
The 2013, to date, U.S. medical-financial-
industrial -complex system dead: 29,776
The 2013, to date, U.S. health care system
** These figures are calculated based on the Harvard University studies on excess deaths in the U.S. due to lack of insurance coverage or the ability to pay for needed health care, and the Harvard University study that calculated the high percentage of personal bankruptcies attributable to medical crisis and debt in the U.S. 123 people die daily due to lack of coverage or cash to pay for care; 1,978 go bankrupt every day due to medical crisis and debt though the majority had insurance at the time their illness or injury occurred. This statistic is also based on the 1.2 million bankruptcies in the U.S. in 2012, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and calculating those medically-related bankruptcies from that number.http://www.healthcareforallcolorado.org/endorse_right_to_health_care
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