Monday, July 27, 2009

Video: Uninsured America

English: Bone marrow examination of cells with...
English: Bone marrow examination of cells with Wright's stain showing neutrophil precursors: Promyelocyte in the middle, two metamyelocytes next to it, two band cells and segmented neutrophils at the top left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From Denny: We all have been watching a lot of news like this from time to time, how the health care industry is decimating the average person's wallet. Now with job loss across the board from well-off to working class, well, it's everyone's problem: how to pay the bills when you have had a catastrophic illness in the family.

Here's one fact I found out recently: Did you know that a bone marrow test now costs $300,000? That's just for the test, folks! How much more for the transplant and the anti-rejection drugs and critical care?

With the baby boomer generation getting older, so does the cancer risk go up. Basic health care reform is more necessary than ever in order to not empty people's savings accounts and so parents can leave some kind of inheritance for their children beyond a mountain of health care debt.

"Millions of Americans are uninsured and another 25 million are underinsured. They may think they're covered, but don't realize their policy limitations. Michelle Miller reports."

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