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Bush spokesman Steve Schmidt said the president secured through Congress the biggest improvement in senior health care since Medicare was established.
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June 16, 2004 -- Nearly 82 million nonelderly Americans -- a third of those under the age of 65 -- went without health insurance for some period of time in 2002 or 2003, according to a report released by the consumer health group Families USA.
An estimated 44 million Americans lacked any type of health coverage for the entire year in 2003, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. This represents a 15% increase over 2001.
Of the 82 million nonelderly Americans that lacked health insurance coverage at some time between 2002 and 2003, two-thirds were uninsured for six months or longer, while more than half were uninsured for more than nine months.
"This problem is no longer simply an altruistic issue affecting the poor but a matter of self-interest for almost everyone," Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, tells reporters.
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Weiss: Insurers record $14.8B profit increase
Profits at the nation's life and health insurers jumped $14.8 billion, or by more than five times, to $18.1 billion in the first nine months of 2003, the best third-quarter increase in a decade, Weiss Ratings said.
The Jupiter-based financial analysis firm said driving the industry's steep profit growth, the change in reserves fell to $101.5 billion for the first three quarters of 2003, an $11.8 billion decline compared with the $113.3 billion change in reserves reported for the same period in 2002.
stop advertising--and pushing---drugs on television and print media.
Originally posted by sardion2000Now as for the Drug importation from third world countries is concerned, I support it as long as they are tested and branded as safe for consumption.
sardion2000: The Libertarians view on the Health of the nation is not a good one, and there are better ways so people do not suffer because of greedy insurance companies.
sardion2000: Freedom and self-determination is all well and good but the Libertarians go way too far when they talk about cutting programs like Medicade.
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas says: For decades, the U.S. healthcare system was the envy of the entire world. Not coincidentally, there was far less government involvement in medicine during this time. America had the finest doctors and hospitals, patients enjoyed high quality, affordable medical care, and thousands of private charities provided health services for the poor. Doctors focused on treating patients, without the red tape and threat of lawsuits that plague the profession today. Most Americans paid cash for basic services, and had insurance only for major illnesses and accidents. This meant both doctors and patients had an incentive to keep costs down, as the patient was directly responsible for payment, rather than an HMO or government program.
quote: BlackJackal: The Libertarians view on the Health of the nation is not a good one, and there are better ways so people do not suffer because of greedy insurance companies.
This was not my quote
Originally posted by Bout Time
But I think the bigger problem needs a holistic approach: the US is the most MEDICATED COUNTRY ON THE PLANET. You can’t get ‘good wood’? Take a pill? Your kid fidgets in class on a beautiful spring day? Take a pill. You have a yellow toenail? Take a pill. The doctors are sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies who are in bed with the insurance companies. ...