"1 in 4 Americans faces economic hardships because of medical bills"I think what you meant to say is that 1 in 4 Americans face economic
hardships because they spend their money on computers, cell phones, ipads,
computer games, etc., dine out several times a week, and take expensive
vacations... so there's nothing left to pay medical bills with.
It is easy to be critical and complain about the less fortunate who suffer the
effects of medical bills without insurance.People do not make a
decision that them selves or a family member will become ill and require major
medical care.It is forced upon them.I have never been
without medical insurance my entire life. But I am empathic to those who can not
qualify for a group plan or afford to purchase individual policies.Rather than look down on them and be critical we should explore ways to help
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medical insurance should be required for everyone with those who can post a bond
that they could self fund any such costs.
If you thought health care was expensive before, just wait until you see the
total cost under Obamacare!
Stories like Ben's are not unique. Right now there are 60,000 Utahns
who don't have affordable options for health insurance. They don't get
insurance from their jobs. And they earn too little to purchase Obamacare, and
they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid in Utah. And when a dozen stitches
can cost $3,000, and a CT scan sets you back $5,000--an everyday accident can
wipe out a family's savings and send the debt collectors after them.Fortunately, there is a better way forward for Utah.Some members of the
Utah legislature are prepared to pass a Private Option to help people like Ben
afford private insurance coverage to get him the care he needs to get back to
work. This Private Option would leverage federal and state funds to eliminate
Utah's 60,000-person coverage gap. It's the Utah solution to bring
down our state's 13.2% uninsured rate.
@wrzIt is so easy to be critical of others on a message board! As a
parent of children with autoimmune diseases, health costs truly add up quick,
even with health insurance. As for my family, I decided to work full time side
by side with my husband to help with health care costs. So we will be a burden
to no one! We are college educated individuals, who make a good living, but
these costs kill you. How many of you can afford $1300 dollars for medicines,
or a $6,000 pump for insulin? Not to mention the fact that the cost of
insurance goes up year after year. Last year we shelled out 4K for items not
covered by insurance. Not easy for people who work Blue-Collar types of jobs.
Not all families are able to qualify for Medicaid or even Obamacare
WTZ Under our current system it is possible to incur medical bills that could
exceed $100,000. Your comments show a total lack of understanding of the
problems uninsured Americans face. I don't know if you are just trying
to be funny or sarcastic. You are neither. Please try to be more thoughtful
with current posts.