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View Diary: US Drops to 49th in the World for Life Expectancy, Recent Study Shows Obama's Health Plan Justified (302 comments)

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  •  Life expectancy is determined by (0+ / 0-)

    lifelong health - not just what happens in your retirement years.  The key to longevity is to have regular access to preventive care (annual checkups, screening, nutrition, education) well before you reach the age of 65-70. The foundations for early death are laid well before one reaches the age of 65.

    •  But all your plans come to naught (3+ / 0-)
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      if you have good health care early, and then your insurance is dropped when you're in your mid-50s or early 60s.

      There was no reason to leave this segment of America out of health care reform.

      •  Very few Americans retire (0+ / 0-)

        in their mid-fifties to early sixties. Most Americans who have had insurance do not suddenly see their insurance drop at that age. If they have no income, they can access Medicaid, which was expanded through HCR. HCR also expanded aid to low or no-cost community health clinics.

        •  Oh, well that's a big relief (1+ / 0-)
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          to those who have been pushed into "retirement" because of the 20% unemployment rate.

          Stop defending this.  It's indefensible.  It is going to impact a large number of people who thought HCR would benefit them.  Curious how, in the runup to HCR, nobody mentioned that it wouldn't be for everyone.

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