U.S. Census Bureau, September 2015
by Jessica C. Smith and Carla Medalia
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Physicians for a National Health Program, September 16, 2015
More Americans gain health coverage, but many can’t afford to use it: doctors group
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Comment by Don McCanne
The good news in this annual Census Bureau report is that there were significant increases in the numbers insured as a result of implementation of the Affordable Care Act - primarily in direct-purchase due to the mandate and in expansion of the Medicaid program. The bad news is that 33 million remain uninsured and, though not in the Census report, tens of millions are under-insured.
Our current national policies will continue to leave about 30 million people without insurance, and financial hardship due to under-insurance is expected to increase. We can anticipate more unnecessary suffering, hardship, and premature deaths.
PNHP President Robert Zarr said it, “How is it possible that in 2015 one of the richest countries in the world still does not guarantee every resident the right to health care? This question would not be necessary if we had a health care system worthy of the name – single-payer national health insurance, or an improved and expanded Medicare for All.”