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  •  lots of people with good insurance can't improve (4+ / 0-)

    their sugar numbers either....it really is difficult. it 's a disease after all....same is true for BP and cholesterol. therefore, using GOP logic, privatehealth insuramce doesn't work.

    •  In addition (0+ / 0-)

      I wouldn't be at all surprised if the lower income cohort of people who have these types of health issues (BP, diabetes, depression, cholestorol) are probably sicker and have been sicker for longer than their higher income fellow citizens -- and therefore it may take longer to see measureable improvements once they have insurance and regular access to care without going into bankruptcy. Which makes it all the more impressive that the dramatic improvement in depression rates was measured -- this is encouraging and hopefully this group's other health problems will improve over time too.

      Being poor is stressful and depressing. Aleviating just a bit of that stress clearly has major benefits -- not just to the individual but to society. Which of course we know, but it's nice to see it demonstrated, even if the study had some flaws.

      "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

      by abs0628 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 08:06:47 AM PDT

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