Nearly One in Five Americans Are in Collections for Medical Debt

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      eridani
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      https://truthout.org/articles/nearly-one-in-five-americans-are-in-collections-for-medical-debt/

      Virtually every other developed country in the world has a universal healthcare system to provide for the needs of all of their citizens. The one exception is Switzerland, where everyone is required to purchase health insurance, but all the primary health insurance companies must operate as nonprofits and the federal government pays the premiums for low income and poor people.

      Other developed countries typically have a few health insurance companies around but mostly they serve the very wealthy, insuring that if they become sick or injured they get private suites in the hospital or have jet- and helicopter-based air ambulance service when out of country. In a few countries they fill in cracks, like for dental or eyeglasses. But, other than Switzerland, that’s it.

      Severe parasite infections can inhibit a host’s ability to respond to disease, and that’s just what’s happening to America right now as we’ve faced and continue to face the Covid pandemic. More than half of all Americans who’ve become infected with Covid and survived are now “struggling with medical debt” as a result of their illness, according to a new study by The Commonwealth Fund.

      Even people who didn’t get Covid are being wiped out by medical debt: Think about the people who live around you, on your street or in your apartment building. Imagine one out of every five of them, from the very old to newborns, having already had their medical debt turned over to another parasitic American industry, debt collectors.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      Punxsutawney
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      This country is broken.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

    • #436585
      h-32
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      Not your problem – the link to the article is ok.

      But in the Truthout article, for both the “1 in 5 are in collections” and “more than half of all Americans who’ve become infected with COVID…” statistics, it links to:

      https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2021/jun/filling-gap-states-not-expanded-medicaid

      … which does not seem to mention either statistic.  I could be wrong.  I just wanted to see where they got these numbers.

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