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33 Million Americans Still Don’t Have Health Insurance

The United States of America has a population of roughly 320 million people. Roughly 10 percent of those people went without health insurance for the [...]

The United States of America has a population of roughly 320 million people. Roughly 10 percent of those people went without health insurance for the entirety of 2014, and a disproportionate number of them were poor, black and Hispanic, and 4.5 million of them were children. It’s tough to get insured: for people born with an intellectual disability like Nick, there is a 7-year-long waitlist to get the services they need. While he’s waiting, he has no choice but to burn through his life savings in order to survive.

Furthermore, we can look at what Trump-picked Seema Verma has done for Indiana. In an attempt to make poor people take responsibility for their health care, she’s making them pay while under a system of carrots and sticks. Monthly payments range from $1 to $27, which may not seem like a lot. But if a company or the states loses track of the dollar, insurance can be immediately cut off and beneficiaries can spend up to six weeks trying to restore their coverage over a mistake that wasn’t even theirs.

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