Title

Health Cares

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

10-16-2008

Journal

The Nation

Keywords

Access to Health Care; EMTALA

Abstract

The United States stands alone among wealthy nations in failing to assure its population reasonable healthcare. The problem's magnitude is staggering: 28 percent of US adults--and 41 percent of low- and moderate-income working-age adults--spent some portion of 2007 uninsured, and 72 million adults faced serious medical debt. One in eight children was uninsured in 2006. The underlying cause: lack of a national policy guaranteeing universal, affordable healthcare

Even the insured are hurting from the healthcare mess in America: unraveling employer coverage, a Medicare program straining under exponentially rising costs, a grievously overburdened Medicaid program....

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