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Higher Rates of Disease
Racial and ethnic minorities have high rates of debilitating disease such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, and AIDS. One of the most glaring disparities is apparent in the African American community, where 48% of adults suffer from a chronic disease compared to 39% of the general population.2
Obesity is debilitating and is often a catalyst to chronic disease. Seven out of 10 African Americans ages 18 to 64 are obese or overweight, and African Americans are 15% more likely to suffer from obesity than Whites. 3
African Americans are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other racial or ethnic group.4
African American men are 50% more likely than Whites to have prostate cancer and are more likely than any other racial group to suffer from colorectal cancer.5 Hispanic6 and Vietnamese7 women have disproportionate rates of cervical cancer, which they contract at twice the rate of White women.
Fifteen percent of African Americans, 14% of Hispanics, and 18% of American Indians suffer from adult onset diabetes. American Indians suffer from diabetes at more than twice the rate of the White population, which develops the disease at a rate of only 8%.8
HIV bears witness to the most extreme disparity in chronic disease. African Americans experience new HIV infections at seven times the rate of whites, and Hispanics experience new HIV infections at two and a half times the rate of whites.9
without possible causes. They give out facts without mentioning probable causes.
We are talking about genetics, preventative health maintenance (exercise), eating habits, income level...etc.
Originally posted by tamusan
This is a giant puzzle with many small pieces. Let's look at yet another.
I pay for health insurance and I see a doctor on a regular basis. Now let's take an uninsured person, and imagine that they get sick from their untreated diabetes and go to the ER for treatment. If they skip out on the bill, then some of that cost eventually trickles down to me through higher costs at the hospital, which translates into higher premiums for me.
Me too...I can't stand Republicans or Bush lovers either. But this administration is Bush on steroids, he's trying to pass legislation and has already done so that has expanded government and government spending into the stratosphere.
Just understand one thing. I am posing these arguments for a reason. Everyone is running around repeating things that are untrue or make no sense. That's why they are calling us right wing nuts, which is funny because I am the poster child of anti-Bush.
I agree. I think the problem stems from a fundamental differences in entrenched philosophy though. Sadly, I honestly don't think the left is willing to understand, individual rights, freedom, and freemarkets.
If we want to make a difference, we need to get our facts together, and by facts I mean real facts. We all need to be on the same page. It'll make it more difficult for them to dismiss us.
If someone skips out on paying the hospital, then the hospital is stuck holding the bag, not your insurance company.
If they skip out on the bill, then some of that cost eventually trickles down to me through higher costs at the hospital, which translates into higher premiums for me.
Sadly, I honestly don't think the left is willing to understand, individual rights, freedom, and freemarkets.
If the hospitals eat the cost, they raise their prices to recoup that loss, and insurance will companies adjust accordingly.