Uninsurance In America

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Uninsurance in America The number of uninsured Americans is growing at a staggering rate; in fact, the number has reached 43 million, which is the population of everyone living in twenty six different states combined (Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, 2004). The debate over whether universal coverage should be available to all Americans has been going on for decades. The people opposed to universal coverage believe that insuring all Americans is too costly and that the resulting bureaucracy would undermine patient care. Those who are in favor of universal coverage believe that it is too costly not to insure all Americans. They believe that the lack of preventative care, and the resulting poorer health, places an even higher burden on the taxpayer then universal coverage would. The booklet Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations (2004), by the Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, is an informative source for information on this timely and relevant topic. Based on this group of reports it is clear that health care coverage should be universal. The size of the uninsured population in many areas has led to the erosion of vital services like physicians practices, public health services, and emergency centers, because significant funds had to be redirected to the care of the uninsured. The nation’s economy has been affected, because of poorer health, with a 65 to 130 billion estimated annual cost. Some estimate that nearly nine million children are uninsured in the country. The lack of insurance for children causes their caretakers to seek less medical care for them, leaving conditions untreated and resulting in improper development. Adults are at a higher risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease. The article has considered four possible solutions to the health care dilemma. These

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