"A study reported in The American Journal of Medicine this month found that 62 percent of American bankruptcies are linked to medical bills. These medical bankruptcies had increased nearly 50 percent in just six years. Astonishingly, 78 percent of these poeple actually had health insurance, but the gaps and inadequacies left them unprotected when they were hit by devastating bills."
"A 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, found that lack of health insurance causes 18,000 unnecessary deaths a year. That's one person slipping through the cracks and dying every half an hour."
—Nicholas D. Kristof in The New York Times, Sunday Aug. 30, 2009
[Kristof has always been a reasoned columnist, focusing more on realities than opinions. Click here to read a more recent and totally lucid and convincing column on the healthcare debate.]