Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 27 million Americans remain uninsured, out of a population of some 325 million.
Lack of insurance is associated with premature death.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2009 found that lack of health insurance is associated with about 45,000 excess preventable deaths per year.
It is an embarrassing fact that more than 60% of personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by medical bills. This was true despite the fact that these people had medical insurance.
Odder still is the fact that U.S. government spending on health care is amongst the highest in the world. And yet there are tremendous number who are uninsured or under-insured.
I am, or was acquainted, with at least one such individual who was uninsured. He no longer has that problem.
Unnecessarily so, but I guess he deserved it, he was just so goddamned fucking poor.