If there was ever a perfect example as to why Americans need universal health insurance it’s the latest report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report says that at least 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 die premature deaths due to bad habits.
The report says that these deaths could have been prevented if some of the dead would have stopped smoking. If they had lowered their cholesterol levels, controlled blood pressure and taken aspirin as recommended by physicians.
That’s easy to say if you are just using death certificates for your data collection.
But the fact remains that the country has just suffered through the deepest recession since the Great Depression, during which millions of Americans not only lost their jobs, but their health benefits as well.
The skyrocketing cost of health insurance has also kept many working Americans from being able to pay for health insurance. What use is having Cobra if you have no money to pay for insurance?
This fact made it almost impossible for a major part of our under sixty-five to see a doctor, or pay for medication.
The authors of the study speculated that some of the disparities on avoidable deaths could be due to lifestyle choices. They note that people over 65 years of age were able to reduce premature deaths due to heart disease and stroke when they became eligible for Medicare, which provides seniors with the medical care needed to cut down on the number of deaths.
Just read the obituaries, many seniors are now living past their eighties and well into their nineties.
The new health care law, popularly known as Obama Care, could help lower insurance costs and make insurance more affordable for some low-income people without insurance from their employers, but concerns remain that some middle-income families, the self-employed, and those who are starting to make more money but are still struggling with debt accumulated during the recession, could still find it hard to pay for their insurance. For them there may be no subsidies, but only time will tell if the new health care programs will be their answer to getting the coverage they need to help them improve their health outlook.