All eyes are on the Supreme Court as they review the constitutionality of the new health care law that will save lives. That very important decision was to come this week, however it was postponed until next week. Well-funded right-wing activists are intent upon securing its demise. If the law is struck down, the effects would be catastrophic. Without the law, the number of uninsured will continue to rise, and more Americans will face the adverse health and financial consequences associated with going uninsured. Millions will delay or forgo necessary care. Millions more will face unmanageable medical bills. And, worse still, many will die prematurely.
In 2010, 50 million Americans went uninsured and health care law can help stem the rising tide of the demise of the uninsured.
June 2012 finding From Families USA
- Across the nation, 26,100 people between the ages of 25 and 64 died prematurely due to a lack of health coverage in 2010. That works out to:
- 2,175 people who died prematurely every month;
- 502 people who died prematurely every week;
- 72 people who died prematurely every day; or
- Three every hour.
- Between 2005 and 2010, the number of people who died prematurely each year due to a lack of health coverage rose from 20,350 to 26,100.
- Between 2005 and 2010, the total number of people who died prematurely due to a lack of health coverage was 134,120.
- Each and every state sees residents die prematurely due to a lack of health insurance. In 2010, the number of premature deaths due to a lack of health coverage ranged from 28 in Vermont to 3,164 in California.
- The five states with the most premature deaths due to uninsurance in 2010 were California (3,164 deaths), Texas (2,955 deaths), Florida (2,272 deaths), New York (1,247 deaths), and Georgia (1,161 deaths).
Starting in 2014, millions of Americans will be eligible for assistance with the cost of health coverage. In addition, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. These measures, among others, will help reverse the growth in the number of uninsured Americans year after year.
While the Courts decision continues to be played out politically in the news, people are dying without coverage.
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