There was a great article in yesterday's Springfield News Leader about tales of the uninsured in the Ozarks. According to the article, the Missouri Foundation of Health is conducting a series of forums around the state to influence public policy about the uninsured. This alone, with the Health department crusading, shows an immediate need for health care for every American.
Missouri is not alone. We are just one example of this growing national problem our government continues to ignore.
Here are some facts:
There are presently 46 million uninsured Americans. 9 million of these are children.
Americans will spend 421 billion of their own money on health care, double the amount that was spent last year.
Millions of Americans are out of work or have jobs with no health
benefits. And because of rising health care costs, many employees are required to pay higher premiums or out of pocket expenses.
Prescription drug costs are rising at a rate triple of that of inflation.
And many people around the country are emphasizing a national universal health care system, especially for youth, as an important policy goal.
And what is our government doing about this growing problem?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
Currently, there are several bills in the House and Senate dealing with the importance of cheaper foreign drugs; none have even reached the floor.
As a candidate for U.S. Congress, I do not have insurance, just like most Americans. I am in the same boat as everyone else. So I know where all of you are coming from.
Our country is an embarassment and a laughing stock globally. We are the only western civilized country that does not have national health care. We're the richest country in the world, and we have people dying in the streets because they cannot afford to go to the doctor.