Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Credit card debt? Irresponsibility?

This isn't news, and in fact I think I've blogged about it before, but a new study from Harvard confirms that the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in America is medical debt. The average medical bankrupt, according to the survey, is a working to middle-class woman in her forties. Over three-quarters had insurance at the onset of their illness. Their average out-of-pocket medical bills were over $10,000.

So yeah. We need national health care. Nobody should be financially wiped out by illness. In a just society, nobody would be. This is, dare I say it, an issue of moral values, albeit one that neither party much wants to talk about.

I consider it a pro-life issue. Making sure that people can seek remedies when they're sick is unquestionably a part of preserving life.

No kidding. I'm currently thousands of dollars in the hole on account of a misbehaving uterus. I can't get over what health care costs in this country. In Britain it's free. You have to wait in line for a bit longer, but at least you don't have to hock one of your kidneys to pay for it.
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