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Why Are People with Health Insurance Going Bankrupt?

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Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: Obamacare will not put an end to medical bankruptcies – 80% of people going bankrupt due to healthcare costs had insurance.


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10 Responses to “Why Are People with Health Insurance Going Bankrupt?”
  1. Linda Della Rocca says:

    It is a disgrace what is happening to the American people with this health care system. There is no way people can survive here. Health care should be available to everyone. What can be done about this?! It is criminal.

  2. Linda Della Rocca says:

    It is a disgrace what is happening to the American people with this health care system. There is no way people can survive here. Health care should be available to everyone. What can be done about this?! It is criminal.

  3. Dee says:

    I completely agree with Linda Della! IT IS CRIMINAL!! People are filing bankruptcy even WITH HEALTH INSURACE! because of the high deductibles that can reach $5,000 or more, 20% that the insurance doesn’t cover, care not covered by insurance, insurances covering less and less! This is an American travesty! The insured are finding out they are on the same band wagon as the uninsured. Employers will pass more healthcare expenses onto the employee. Obama care will not fix our healthcare crisis. Our healthcare system needs to be completely reformed. To take a vital need like healthcare and force people into bankruptcy is criminal! It should not be tolerated and the American people need to stand up and tell Washington this must be changed!!!!

  4. Rob says:

    Yes, I am very worried about the consequences of being underinsured! People don’t think about how this will effect them. If you have a 70/30 and the you have a $200,000 dollar bill that 30% is devastating! Even if it was a $50,000 dollar bill that 30% is unattainable for most American family’s. This is a crisis, and I don’t think the American people are prepared. They think the healthcare exchanges are going to provide affordable healthcare! They don’t see how being underinsured is just like being uninsured!

  5. The basis of all problems in the USA is the way we finance our elections: the congress is BOUGHT AND PAID FOR by the corporations who actually RUN this country. AND WHO HAS ELECTED THEM??? We have to unite with all other progressive groups, health care, environmental, Gays and Lesbians, tax fairness . . ALL and take to the streets in huge numbers (so the press will take notice) with signs saying:
    WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE WHO DOES NOT UNEQUIVOCALLY AND EMPHATICALLY SUPPORT PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTION CAMPAIGNS. AND FUCK THE SUPREME COURT. THE CONSTITUTION SAIS: WE, THE PEOPLE ARE THE ULTIMATE SOURCE OF POWER.

    • Janice E. Palesch says:

      No truer words were ever spoken! Unless we get money and other forms of payoffs out of government, NOTHING in this country will ever work for the good of the country or her citizens.

  6. Traindoc says:

    These are the numbers tossed about. Are they correct?
    25% of all medical care is given to children incurably ill.
    25% of all medical care is given to adults termionally ill.
    ??% of all medical care is given to Medicaid folks who do not work

    • Carroll Eastman says:

      All of us are, or will be, terminally ill. Money should not be spent on worthless or fruitless attempts to prolong the process of dying but ALL of us deserve care as we die.

    • John Barker says:

      Tossed about by whom? Documented where and by what? ??% isn’t a number.

  7. JAY RICHARDS says:

    Want to get really depressed see PBS 2006 documentary: “Living Old” –in which they state that the baby boomers are 70+ million strong (or weak, frail and needy) in a system without adequate health professionals being trained or experienced in wellbeing or proactive preventive geriatric medicine. Traditional medical care in the US is oriented towards quick crisis management or catastrophic health interventions and not towards maintaining a clients optimal health needs over an extended period, and on a personal level. Home health care can easily exceed over $150K a year—how long can people survive that? Who except the 1% can afford or plan for such long term care. When is it OK to end the endless pain and suffering and re-claim the rights of personal dignity and choice of when to succumb under your own terms, preferences and conditions.