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  •  Another way it saves money.... (12+ / 0-)

    People who are uninsured, or poorly insured, go on Medicare at 65, assuming they survive that long. Some go on Medicaid long before 65, because they become too sick to work.

    Those who have not had proper health care for serious conditions are in much worse shape when they go on Medicare, or Medicaid, and cost a lot more to care for.

    One example I saw: a diabetic who has had good health care lifelong will cost Medicare about $8,000/year. A diabetic who hasn't had such care, and needs dialysis, costs about $60,000/year.

    The costs for treating uninsured people are covered by hospitals; by insured people, as hospitals charge higher fees to help offset the uninsured; and by governments, federal and state. One study indicated that insured families pay a "hidden tax" of about $1,100/year in higher insurance premiums.

    •  Cynically (1+ / 0-)
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      Those people will probably costs less overall than the company exec who had enough free time and money to invest in gym memberships, private trainers etc and who goes on to live into their 90s while the others barely reach 70.

      We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 04:32:41 PM PST

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