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During the debate over health care reform, you may have heard of the estimate done in 2004 by the highly respected arm of the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, which established a frequently cited figure of 18,000 deaths each year caused by a lack of health insurance in the U.S.  Among other places, I have heard Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refer to this total often on television interviews.

Today, a new study has been posted by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) that has re-examined the evidence and finds a new and shockingly higher figure: 45,000.  The research is well-done and substantial.  I am linking to the entire Health Care Now article because the whole piece deserves study.  This is critical evidence that reveals just how damaging the health care status quo will be to the U.S. if reform is not passed.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to the entire original AJPH article itself which requires a membership fee.  If anyone has this access and feels generous enough to post a link to the original article, I am sure we would all appreciate it.

U.S. Uninsured Study

Originally posted to WaitingForLefty on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 12:11 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." -- Voltaire

    by WaitingForLefty on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 12:11:36 PM PDT

  •  The link to download is (1+ / 0-)
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    at the bottom of the page you linked to and it takes you here:

    Note the link is to download a pdf file.

    Yes we did, yes we will. President Obama

    by marketgeek on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 12:21:16 PM PDT

  •  Good ammunition for the moral argument for reform (0+ / 0-)

    I hope everyone becomes aware of this.

    45,000 deaths a year is an attention getting!

    And it's a Harvard study, too, adding credibility for those who might tend to be doubters.

    Some people fight fire with fire. Professionals use water.

    by Happy Days on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 12:25:15 PM PDT

  •  Time for some theater: DC Die Ins (2+ / 0-)
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    We are not even being offered health care insurance by definition.

    We are being offered Catastrophic care w/a free check up each year!

    Catastrophic Health Insurance or Catastrophic Health Plan
    By Trisha Torrey,
    A catastrophic health plans -- also called catastrophic health insurance, major medical plan or catastrophic health coverage -- is a form of insurance coverage that keeps deductibles very high, meaning premiums may be lower and therefore, more affordable.

    Because the deductibles are so high, (examples: $1,000 for an individual or $2,000 for a family), the insurance company may never pay for care on behalf of that patient. That means less risk on the part of the insurance company, but a fail safe for the patient who can't anticipate how sick or injured he may be from year to year.

    A family could, under the plans, have to pay as much as $25,000 out of pocket each year!

    THAT is catastrophic.

    Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

    by War on Error on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 12:52:12 PM PDT

  •  Quote from the report (3+ / 0-)
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    Conclusions. Uninsurance is associated with mortality.  

    I will be one of this statistic.

    Can't afford premiums, uninsured, don't go to the doctor.

    Will die early.  Is that such a bad thing?  Well, my kids think so.

    Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

    by War on Error on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 12:58:28 PM PDT

  •  This just kills me: (3+ / 0-)
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    from MSNBC/Reuters

    No health coverage tied to 45,000 deaths a year


    The National Center for Policy Analysis, a Washington think tank that backs a free-market approach to health care, said researchers overstated the death risk and did not track how long subjects were uninsured.

    from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Lack of Insurance to Blame for Almost 45,000 Deaths: Study


    Not everyone agreed with the new findings, however. In a statement released Thursday, the National Center for Policy Analysis, which opposes nationalized health care, called the Harvard research "flawed."
    "The findings in this research are based on faulty methodology and the death risk is significantly overstated," NCPA President John C. Goodman said. "The subjects were interviewed only once and the study tries to link their insurance status at that time to mortality a decade later. Yet over the period, the authors have no idea whether subjects were insured or uninsured, what kind of medical care they received, or even cause of death."

    from CBS

    Study: 45,000 Uninsured Die a Year


    John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis said the study results are exaggerated. Researchers don't know how the uninsured died or if they were uninsured the entire time they were being tracked. But even this critic agrees with the basic premise.

    "I think you can't trust the results," Goodman said. "Having said that, we ought to do something for the uninsured."

    Soooo ... what exactly is the "National Center for Policy Analysis"?
    Ask People  For The American Way ...

    • A right wing think tank with programs devoted to privatization in the following issue areas: taxes, Social Security and Medicare, health care, criminal justice, environment, education, and welfare.
    • NCPA describes its close working relationship with Congress, saying it "has managed to have more than a dozen studies released by members of Congress— a rare event for a think tank— and frequently members of Congress appear at the NCPA's Capitol Hill briefings for congressional aides."
    • Right-wing foundations funding includes: Bradley, Scaife, Koch, Olin, Earhart, Castle Rock, and JM Foundations
    • In the early 90s, NCPA created the Center for Tax Studies. NCPA's website describes the inspiration for the Center: "Very few think tank studies are released by members of Congress."

    John Goodman?

    But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

       "So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

       "So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."


    What would we do without the Corporate Media to give us their "he said/she said" parody of real journalism?

    Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

    by adios on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 01:05:07 PM PDT

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