....79 million adults are struggling to pay health-care bills....
From The Commonwealth Fund, Losing Ground: How the Loss of Adequate Health Insurance Is Burdening Working Families.
So some might think that these are 79 million slackers or people that are just too lazy to realize the American dream. That is, you might think so unless you were one of the 79 million people that have struggled to pay health care bills. At some point in 2007, 50 million people were without health care coverage.
Were these struggling Americans any less important than the rest of the American people?
Of course not. But you would think that a lot of these 79 million people vote and that the politicians would be highly motivated to serve their interests.
So 79 million Americans don't matter much in the political world precisely because "just 20% of the people owned a remarkable 84%, leaving only 16% of the wealth for the bottom 80% (wage and salary workers). In terms of financial wealth, the top 1% of households had an even greater share: 39.7%"
If you are in the top 1% of wealth owners in this country, then you can feel good about a government that is working for you. But for the rest of Americans, we need to understand that the top 1% is not going to represent the interests of the average American, like the 79 million struggling because of health care bills. Or if you are part of America with mounting bills "thirty-nine percent of people said they had depleted their savings to pay off bills; 29 percent were having problems paying for food, heat, rent and other basic necessities; and 30 percent had accumulated credit card debt."