According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics:
The center’s report says that in 2005, 41.2 million Americans, or 14.2 percent of the population, were uninsured when its survey was conducted. It said 51.3 million had been uninsured for at least part of the prior year and 29.2 million, or 10 percent, had been uninsured for more than a year.
The study is based on a regular survey of more than 98,300 people.
The NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that insurance coverage varied widely among states, from 6 percent without health insurance in Massachusetts to more than 24 percent without in Texas.
I and my family are among those numbers, but at least we’re not facing any major health problems. My sister-in-law, Angela, however is also among the uninsured and is struggling with a number of life-threatening issues (you can read about it on her blog if you’re interested). According to the survey the situation has improved a little bit since 2004, but that’s still too many people uninsured. You’d think this country out of all of them would be able to solve this problem, but I suppose we’re more interested in wasting trillions fighting illegitimate wars in foreign countries that never asked for our help in the first place and don’t really appreciate us being there. Why improve lives when we’re so much better at ruining them?