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Deaths from uninsurance more than twice as high as previously believed

Posted by Charles II on September 19, 2009

It’s an article of faith among right-wing ideologues that people who are uninsured get medical care just as good as anyone else. That’s not true, and the difference in quality of care costs well over 40,000 American lives every.f–king.year– almost as many Americans as died in Vietnam and more than died in Korea! Every year!

Numerous investigators have found an association
between uninsurance and death. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimated that
18314 Americans aged between 25 and 64 years die annually because of lack of health insurance, comparable to deaths because of diabetes, stroke, or homicide in 2001 among persons aged 25 to 64 years. The IOM estimate was largely based on a single study by Franks et al. However, these data are now more than
20 years old; both medical therapeutics and the demography of the uninsured have changed in the interim.

[The conclusions of the present study are that] Lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 44789 deaths per year in the United States, more than those caused by kidney disease (n=42868). 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

But the teabaggers have the nation’s best interests at heart…much as Colonel Sanders deeply loves chickens. Maybe if we instituted a national lottery that would randomly sacrifice 40,000 right-wingers to their money god every year, they would start to see the need for health care reform.

3 Responses to “Deaths from uninsurance more than twice as high as previously believed”

  1. I can get behind that. Vivoleum!

  2. MEC said

    “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

    If the Ghost of Christmas Present confronted the current crop of Republicans with the miserable children Want and Ignorance, the Republicans would have them deported as illegal aliens and think no more about it.

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