Harvard Medical Study Links Lack of Insurance to 45,000 U.S. Deaths a Year

“As the White House and Congress continue debating how best to provide coverage to tens of millions of Americans currently without health insurance, a new study (PDF) is meant to offer a stark reminder of why lawmakers should continue to try. Researchers from Harvard Medical School say the lack of coverage can be tied to about 45,000 deaths a year in the United States — a toll that is greater than the number of people who die each year from kidney disease.”

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33 responses to “Harvard Medical Study Links Lack of Insurance to 45,000 U.S. Deaths a Year

  1. dnd

    45,000 deaths per year is:
    3750 deaths per month
    865 deaths per day
    123 deaths per day
    5 deaths per hour
    1 death every 12 minutes

    I think what Max Baucus should do is install a “death caused by lack of health insurance coverage” clock during the Finance Committee hearings so he could say: “Senator Kyl, while you’ve been delaying this hearing, someone has died from lack of health care coverage.”

  2. nannymm

    That’s a damned good idea, dnd. Why don’t you send emails to Baucus and the DNC? Send oneto Chuck Schumer, too. Sounds like something he’s go for. 🙂

  3. New Progressive Memo Sent Around Hill Warns Against Finance Committee Health Care

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/25/new-progressive-memo-sent_n_299799.html

    It looks like the debate on both Schumer and Rockefeller’s amendments won’t happen till Tuesday.

  4. 50,000 Muslims to Pray on Capitol Hill: Guess Who’s Not Happy?

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/09/24/50-000-muslims-to-pray-on-capitol-hill-guess-whos-not-happy/

    The Fox crowd is going to love this one!

  5. nannymm

    More insane repug “logic”:

    Kyl: ‘I Don’t Need Maternity Care.’ Stabenow: ‘Your Mom Probably Did’
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/09/kyl-i-dont-need-maternity-care-stabenow-your-mom-probably-did.php

    Read the comments after the article. Some are hilarious.

  6. Court denies Massachusetts GOP effort to halt Paul Kirk’s Senate appointment

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/60365-court-denies-gop-effort-to-halt-kirk-appointment

    More for the Fox crowd to love! Lets face it, it hasn’t been a very good week for them, tisk-tisk

  7. dnd

    During President Obama’s presser he reports that he was bummed that he didn’t get a chance to go to Pamela’s Pancakes while in Pittsburgh. He did say that the Prime Minister of Japan did, and said they were awesome.

    Wonder how Fox will spin that…

  8. nannymm

    Without spin, their airwaves would fade to black.

  9. nannymm

    A New Mexico Congress woman called to make reservations, “I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York .” I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said,”Are you sure that’s the name of the town?” “Yes, what flights do you have?” Replied the lady. After some searching, I came back with, “I’m sorry, Ma’am, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find a Rhino anywhere.” The lady retorted, “Oh, don’t be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!” So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, “You don’t mean Buffalo, do you?” The reply? “Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.”

  10. More GOP stupidity

    Inhofe on why global warming isn’t real: ‘God’s still up there. We’re going through these cycles.’

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/25/inhofe-god-cycles/

  11. dnd

    Big Russ. 1939-2009.

  12. dnd

    If this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will:

  13. dnd

    If it’s Sunday, it’s my favorite curmudgeon, Ed Quillen. This Sunday Ed opines on the juice drink/soda tax:

    http://www.denverpost.com/quillen/ci_13414159

  14. dnd

    Kyl on MTP. He thinks the Iranian missile test demonstrates that they are capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to Europe or the U.S.

    I’m guessing Kyl didn’t major in physics or rocket science in college…

  15. I’m guessing he didn’t pay attention in too many of his classes! Watching Baucus smack him down last week was truly fun!

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