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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Health Insurance

Health insurance is a hot topic these days. There are large numbers of Americans who are without health insurance of any kind. We always hear about the large numbers who can't afford health insurance, the single mothers, the young children. What no one ever talks about are the numbers of those who are uninsured by choice. Most of them are in their 20s and 30s. They have jobs and if they wanted to make it a priority they could buy health insurance. Some have even turned down coverage from work. It's hard to get an accurate number of who is uninsured and for what reason. Many of the numbers counting the uninsured also include in their counts people who have a brief gap in coverage when they change jobs or age out of their parents plans and switch to coverage via their school.

It is a problem that there are people who want medical coverage and don't have it, and we need to do something for them. We do have options out there and a number of these people don't exercise their option.

Reason TV has a good video about those without healthcare by choice:

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