Friday :: Sep 11, 2009

46,300,000


by Turkana

We often are told we are the greatest nation in the world. So, how do we explain this?

From Reuters:

The number of people living in the United States without health insurance rose to 46.3 million in 2008 from 45.7 million a year earlier, a U.S. Census Bureau official said on Thursday.

David Johnson, who heads the Census Bureau's housing and household economic statistics division, told a telephone conference the data were collected in March of 2008 -- before the sharp economic downturn in the latter part of the year which saw many more people lose jobs and health insurance.

In other words, it's certainly gotten much worse.

The Republicans, the corporate media, the Blue Dog Democrats in the House and Mangy Dog Democrats in the Senate continually give us lies and misdirections. They talk about deficits and illegal immigrants and abortion and tort reform and the critically important preservation of the precious insurance industry. They don't talk about the people. 46,300,000 people. Without health insurance. In the only industrialized nation that does not provide health coverage to its people. In a nation that likes to pretend it's the greatest in the world. It's time to find out if that claim has even a plausible basis in fact.

Do we take care of our own? Who are we, as a people?

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