Monday, March 09, 2020


According to several authoritative sources the number of Americans without health-insurance is twenty seven million. That's twenty seven million people who can't afford much if any medical treatment in case they get the Wuhan Corona Virus, twenty seven million who will have little choice but to circulate among us during their daily lives while sick, twenty seven million who will spray droplets at you when they ask "do you want fries with that".

That's also twenty seven million people for most of whom the concept of "self quarantine" is ab initio a completely ridiculous non-starter.

Mostly in Red States.

The following, from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), is "interesting".


Who are the uninsured?
Most uninsured people are in low-income families and have at least one worker in the family. Reflecting the more limited availability of public coverage in some states, adults are more likely to be uninsured than children. People of color are at higher risk of being uninsured than non-Hispanic Whites.

Why are people uninsured?
Even under the ACA, many uninsured people cite the high cost of insurance as the main reason they lack coverage. In 2018, 45% of uninsured adults said that they remained uninsured because the cost of coverage was too high. Many people do not have access to coverage through a job, and some people, particularly poor adults in states that did not expand Medicaid, remain ineligible for financial assistance for coverage. Some people who are eligible for financial assistance under the ACA may not know they can get help, while others have income above the cutoff for financial assistance. Additionally, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid or Marketplace coverage.

How does not having coverage affect health care access?
People without insurance coverage have worse access to care than people who are insured. One in five uninsured adults in 2018 went without needed medical care due to cost. Studies repeatedly demonstrate that uninsured people are less likely than those with insurance to receive preventive care and services for major health conditions and chronic diseases.

SOURCE: Key Facts about the Uninsured Population

Events soon may bite the Republicans in the ass.

This should prove educational.


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