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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
On this very special day, may we all take the time to remember the veterans and their considerable contributions to our freedom.
Over 2,200 veterans died in 2008 due to lack of health insurance
A research team at Harvard Medical School estimates 2,266 U.S. military veterans under the age of 65 died last year because they lacked health insurance and thus had reduced access to care. That figure is more than 14 times the number of deaths (155) suffered by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2008, and more than twice as many as have died (911 as of Oct. 31) since the war began in 2001.
Dr. David Himmelstein, the co-author of the analysis and associate professor of medicine at Harvard, commented, “On this Veterans Day we should not only honor the nearly 500 soldiers who have died this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the more than 2,200 veterans who were killed by our broken health insurance system. That’s six preventable deaths a day.”
Originally posted by j2000
reply to post by JohnnyCanuck
First off, 11th of November is not just a US holiday. You have very poor taste at best and are being a complete moron with lack of knowlegde at worst.
Healthcare in the USA has nothing to do with Verterns Day, or Cananda as far as that goes.
Originally posted by SmokeyDawn
Let's remember ALL those who've been sacrificed by our governments!
There have been a few times I've asked a waitress to bring me the check of a soldier in uniform without telling him, before. I always get a lot more out of it than they do.