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Originally posted by mugger
reply to post by Ookie
I went from typing 100 wpm to 10 wpm. I couldn't even button my pants for 3 months. If it weren't for Obama I would not have been able to do that. I would be dead or incapacitated from another stroke. So basically Barak Obama saved my life.
Must have taken you an hour to post this.
Please, Obama did not save your life.
Anyone can walk into any ER and get treated without being capable of paying.
Medical problems caused 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2007, according to a study by Harvard researchers. And in a finding that surprised even the researchers, 78% of those filers had medical insurance at the start of their illness, including 60.3% who had private coverage, not Medicare or Medicaid.
Medically related bankruptcies have been rising steadily for decades. In 1981, only 8% of families filing for bankruptcy cited a serious medical problem as the reason, while a 2001 study of bankruptcies in five states by the same researchers found that illness or medical bills contributed to 50% of all filings.
But medically bankrupt families with private insurance reported average out-of pocket medical bills of $17,749, while the uninsured's bills averaged $26,971. Of the families who started out with insurance but lost it during the course of their illness, medical bills averaged $22,658. "For middle-class Americans, health insurance offers little protection. Most of us have policies with so many loopholes, co-payments, and deductibles that illness can put you in the poorhouse," said lead author Himmelstein. "Unless you're Warren Buffett, your family is just one serious illness away from bankruptcy."
reply to post by Djayed
This bill is going to do so much good, I actually read it.