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how many people do you think die because of lack of insurance each year?

And where do they get that number?


Asked by lovinangels at 9:48 PM on Nov. 26, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't believe that people die from not having insurance. People die from not seeking/continuing treatment that would help them. Insurance is not a guarantee that you will not get sick and / or die. People without insurance still manage to get care for their assorted medical conditions. Those who have a sense of personal responsibility will talk with their doctor and set up a payment plan. Most doctors are OK with this, they don't have to mess with the insurance companies and their policies.

    I heard somewhere that when they did some survey (a census, maybe) they asked if the person(s) had insurance, and then tracked those people. The ones who died are the "people who are dying because of no ins.". There was no follow-up to see if they got any insurance at any point in time before they died. They didn't have it that one day, so that is all that mattered. Real scientific study, that was!

    Answer by 29again at 3:50 PM on Nov. 27, 2009

  • I can't remember the stat but it's too F'en many!!! NO ONE should die because then can't afford medical care in this day and age!!!!


    Answer by Morgain at 9:55 PM on Nov. 26, 2009



    Answer by lovinangels at 9:56 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • dicine's data — which were drawn from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey as well as the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey — is that Kronick adjusted it for a number of demographic and health factors, such as status as a smoker and body mass index. When he did that, "the risk of subsequent mortality is no different for uninsured respondents than for those covered by employer-sponsored group insurance." In other words, once you compare death rates in an apples-to-apples fashion — comparing insured smokers to uninsured smokers, for instance — the likelihood of dying evens out. This, in turn, would mean that IOM's estimate of 18,000 deaths would drop essentially to zero.

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:01 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • I have no idea.. makes me tankful to be in Canada

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:01 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • And remember, politifact is the gold standard when it comes to proving Beck a liar!

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:05 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • Good evening lovin hope your Thanksgiving has been good..

    Some of us have said all along the numbers have been exaggerated greatly for this and the actual number of uninsured Americans....if people paid attention enough theyd of figured that out by listening to Obama and Biden themselves as their numbers fluctuate very very often..50 mill...45 mill..35 mill..ive heard all of those stated as the amount of uninsured Americans coming from their mouths..nothing but a damn joke..just like this health care supossid reform bill..bunch of garbage

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:15 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • If it was really about actual reform theyd be doing something other then this crappy bill they have right now..tort reform..and allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines would be a great start..neither of which is in this bill just more big gubmint control is a big arse power grab..

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:18 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • Oh it was good tn, thanks.

    What this article says to me is that more uninsured people have OTHER RISK factors, such as smoking or unhealthy BMI. So what does the great plan do to address the reasons these people are actually denying?

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:22 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • I knew it had to be low. I grew up poor and I have never known a single person that died because they didn't have insurance.

    We have healthcare in this country, it may not be insurance, but it is healthcare.

    "Reform" is nothing more than an attempt to steal one-sixth of the economy from private citizens and put it in the hands of the government. How about some real reform, like dumping the traditional form of insurance altoghether.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:24 PM on Nov. 26, 2009