This is a Guest Post from Laura, one of my crime message board friends:
18,000 Americans die preventable deaths every year because they didn't have adequate health insurance when their condition was in its early stages and still easily and inexpensively treatable.
18,000 of our fellow Americans. Die.
That's 6 times the number that died on 9/11 (or at Pearl Harbor) year-in and year-out. We didn't let a little thing like budgetary cost get in the way of starting wars to avenge those deaths.
I have yet to see a cogent plan from Republicans and conservatives on how they are going to fix that problem.
In the next ten years, under the existing system, 200,000 of our fellow Americans will needlessly die - a sacrifice so that a profit could be made off of health care insurance.
200,000 Americans will die in the next 10 years.
Republicans, conservatives, all would rather see Americans die, than for Health Care Insurance be turned into a non-for-profit industry.
And just for the record, over 60% of the money spent on health care today is spent by the government already.
The private health insurance companies don't provide insurance where people are poor, old, or high risk (veterans) or governmental employees.
That leaves only 37% of the country.
Of those with insurance, only the people with government insurance have high satisfaction rates.
Only people with government run insurance are protected from being dropped by their insurance company when they get really sick.
48 million have no insurance at all.
Private Insurance won't sell those 48 million affordable insurance, yet they are trying to deny those 48 million the right to buy affordable public insurance.
You have a right to an attorney as part of your right to liberty, a right to an education as part of your right to pursuit happiness, but you don't have a right to a doctor as part of your right to life.
Again. 200,000 Americans will die needlessly in next 10 years for want of insurance.