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  • They can't afford it.
  • because i think the government wants to kill everyone off.republican is for the rich.
  • the US is really a 3th world country, only they dont know it( wow this is probably going to cost me points!)
  • Because saying you're the best country in the world and actually being it, are two entirely different things, and the U.S is stuck on the first.
  • Because health care is not provided by the government on a wide basis. People have to have medical insurance to have medical treatment options, or treatment at all in many cases. Many people cannot afford the insurance and thus stay sick.
  • Because government, entering the healthcare market, has made it unaffordable. My wife's gall bladder operation cost our poor insurance company $17,000; in Ukraine, the entire operation at a private clinic would have cost $200. This isn't because American doctors are greedier than any other kind. It's because when you pay your doctor or hospital bill, you're paying nearly equal amounts to bureaucrats, lawyers, insurance officials, "emergency" care for the poor, and the costs of defensive medicine and pervasive over-regulation. And I'm not a doctor and have no dog in this fight.
  • Because the system is geared towards businesses offering healthcare to workers instead of individuals buying their own plan. Since the group is advantaged, the individual gets screwed. If laws were changed to let individuals act as groups, then the cost of insuring would drop. Does that guarantee that people would then choose affordable healthcare? NO.
  • Our goverment has failed us. They rather be bought out by insurance companies then to take care of the ones who can't afford healthcare..... to get medicaid u gotta make under 600 a month... what skum bags... our goverment always fails us.... in er's u get some tylonol and a big kick in the ass..... we need universal healthcare badly... 50 million americans with no healthcare...... its such a sad thought.. 18000 of us die monthly due to no healthcare.
  • Our Us goverment takes 32% percent of our money when you make over 40k. My brother a service advisor made 3100 in two weeks the us govt took 1200 from his pay check and we still get universal healthcare... what crooks. I respect uk, spain, and all these countries who care about their people.... I love my country Usa, we just have a lot of adjustments make.
  • Our Us goverment takes 32% percent of our money when you make over 40k. My brother a service advisor made 3100 in two weeks the us govt took 1200 from his pay check and we still get universal healthcare... what crooks. I respect uk, spain, and all these countries who care about their people.... I love my country Usa, we just have a lot of adjustments.. Our goverment are skum wimps and rather make that extra 100 k a year and let our poor and middle class die.
  • Medical care in the USA is very expensive. The doctors and hospitals don't get all or even most of what we pay for medical care. When I saw my last paystub, I saw that nearly $200 from each paycheck was deducted for medical.
  • The provision of healthcare is in the hands of profit-making insurance companies and they simply can't afford it. From what I have seen here on Answerbag, a huge majority of US citizens honestly believe that a healthcare system based on the European model, where everybody pays a relatively small tax so that they can all have free access to healthcare, would be to embrace a Socialist policy, and it would therefore be the first step on the road to Communism. I know it sounds silly, but I'm sure that is what they believe.
  • Low paying jobs, high rent or mortgage payments, food, gas, electric, car payments..the list goes on and on..Healthcare often times is the last on the list and most families are finding there is nothing left of their paychecks to afford this "luxury".
  • Because as individuals, which is how many of us have to cope with it, we can't afford to buy it. So we do without, any money we have goes to trying to keep ourselves healthy, eat good food, healthy activities and such. We can't do both
  • First of all, the US doesn't "have" anybody. Each individual is responsible for their own future. Go out, get educated, get a job, pay for healthcare. There are plenty of safety nets for people when they can't afford healthcare. It is illegal for an emergency room to turn someone away. May not be the best service but...you get what you pay for. Its an incentive to continually better yourself.
  • Because we as a society have decided that we don't place as high a priority on health care as on other things like defense spending.
  • we all have a choice we can feed our familys or go broke paying for health care.
  • Forgive me for the length of this response, but I do have a lot of knowledge on this subject. This is a very touchy subjects with American's, especially when 70% of Americans don't have health insurance and for eactly the reasons that people have said, they can't afford it, they have to choose between feeding their family or paying for health insurance. But here is where the problem is there are other affordable alternatives that can protect you should you have a catastrophic event occur in your life. Most people dont stay away at night worrying about a routine visit to the doctor, but they do worry about what would happen in an emergency and they need to go to the hospital. The thing is there arr AFFORDABLE alternatives to having health insurance and it is called Consumer Driven HealthCare. It is changing the face of the healthcare industry and more and more Americans are taking back that power to be able to seek medical care at a discounted rate or have their hospital bills negotiated down to something much more affordable. Here is an true example. A dear friend of mine had not insurance and had a stroke that obviously put him in the hospital. His bills came to $14,000 and after the Hospital advocate group that he is a member of negotiated his hospital bills he only paid $550. Yes, you read that right $550. Now had he had insurance let's say his deductible was $10,000, he would have had to pay the first $10,000, the hospital would have gone to the insurance for the other $5,000 and the insurance company would have told the hospital to write it off. Thus leaving the patient to pay for the majority of the cost. This really happens people and it is time we start changing the way this industry is run. If more and more people start to take charge of their healthcare costs the insurance companies would have no choice but to change their ways thus making things more affordable for people. If anyone is interested in knowing more about that plan that the individual was on feel free to email me. I would be more than happy to help you!
  • We pay for than $12,000 a year for insurance that sucks. Why pay it we could save that money and pay out of pocket and still not spend $12,000 a year on health care.
  • about a year ago i had a really good job with health insurance. then i was laid off and it took me a long time to find a job, at the job interview they promised me full time hours, but they lied!the first week i worked 32 hours, after that they cut my hours to 24 a week. i asked about it and was told that they only had so many hours to give out and i was out of luck. i can't get health insurance because i don't work full time! i'm still looking for another job, but right now no one is hiring. i just don't know what to do anymore.
  • Because it is more expensive here than anywhere else in the world. It is a for profit system. And the way we do it is more expensive by far. If you have no insurance, which is increasingly expensive and quickly becoming worthless due to little things like pre-existing condition exemptions and ever increasing co-payments, you have to go to the emergency room for care. The amount of uninsured people in America in 2008 were 40 million. With the increasing unemployment which disenfranchises people that are insured through work, this number is increasing daily by the thousands. An emergency room visit can cost up to $5,000 for a 24 hour chest pain admission to rule out a heart attack. A visit to a cardiologist's office would cost $100 with insurance. It is utterly stupid and outrageously expensive - and those uninsured ER visits are usually picked up by the taxpayer because the patient has no way of paying. If the American public knew the truth about this, they would demand single payer Universal Healthcare immediately. But neither the Democrats nor the Republicans really want this. They are dependent on the for profit healthcare industry's money to finance their re-elections. Both sides are purposely torpedoing the Healtcare reform bill by lookin to the Canadian model when there are much better, efficient, economical systems in France, Austria, Sweden and Germany. They are killing it by bringing things like abortion to the table that they know America will not go for. They are dutiful subjects to their masters. The industrial providers of the healthcare industry want to keep the money flowing, whether it be tax money or insurance premiums and co-pays at inflated prices, into their coffers and in return give back as little care as possible. Sound like a plan? It is, believe me. At best, after all the false debate in Washington is over, the existing system will get tweaked a little. I've said this many times. Tweaking the current system will only add cost and solve nothing in the long run. The only solution is to end the for profit health care system. Because it is what it is. For profit. There's a reason that every other civilized country in the world has rejected this system. Because they are what they are. Civilized. The US system is a mean spirited jungle where some are consumed and thrown away while others feast, particularly the industrial providers of health care services. Grossly unfair. Totally uncivilized. Quintessentially American.
  • "Enrollment rules in private and governmental programs result in millions of Americans going without health care coverage, including children. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 45.7 million Americans (about 15.3% of the total population) had no health insurance coverage at some point during 2007. Most uninsured Americans are working-class persons whose employers do not provide health insurance, and who earn too much money to qualify for one of the local or state insurance programs for the poor, but do not earn enough to cover the cost of enrollment in a health insurance plan designed for individuals. Some states (like California) do offer limited insurance coverage for working-class children, but not for adults; other states do not offer such coverage at all, and so, both parent and child are caught in the notorious coverage "gap." Although EMTALA[130] certainly keeps alive many working-class people who are badly injured, the 1986 law neither requires the provision of preventive or rehabilitative care, nor subsidizes such care, and it does nothing about the difficulties in the American mental health system. Coverage gaps also occur among the insured population—one study by the Commonwealth Fund published in Health Affairs estimated that 16 million U.S. adults were underinsured in 2003. The study defined underinsurance as characterized by at least one of the following conditions: annual out-of-pocket medical expenses totaling 10% or more of income, or 5 percent or more among adults with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level; or health plan deductibles equaling or exceeding 5% of income. The underinsured were significantly more likely than those with adequate insurance to forgo health care, report financial stress because of medical bills, and experience coverage gaps for such items as prescription drugs. The study found that underinsurance disproportionately affects those with lower incomes—73% of the underinsured in the study population had annual incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. Another study focusing on the effect of being uninsured found, however, that individuals with private insurance were less likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer than either the uninsured or Medicaid beneficiaries. A study examining the effects of health insurance cost-sharing more generally found that chronically ill patients with higher co-payments sought less care for both minor and serious symptoms. However, no effect on self-reported health status was observed. The authors concluded that the effect of cost sharing should be carefully monitored. Coverage gaps and affordability also surfaced in a 2007 international comparison by the Commonwealth Fund. Among adults surveyed in the U.S., 37% reported that they had foregone needed medical care in the previous year because of cost; either skipping medications, avoiding seeing a doctor when sick, or avoiding other recommended care. The rate was even higher— 42%—among those with chronic conditions. The study reported that these rates were well above those found in the other six countries surveyed: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the UK. The study also found that 19% of U.S. adults surveyed reported serious problems paying medical bills, more than double the rate in the next highest country." "In most states in the U.S., people seeking to purchase health insurance directly must undergo medical underwriting. Insurance companies seeking to mitigate the problem of adverse selection and manage their risk pools screen applicants for pre-existing conditions. Insurers may reject some applicants or quote increased rates for those with pre-existing conditions. Diseases that can make an individual uninsurable include serious conditions, such as arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, but also such common ailments as acne, being 20 pounds over or under weight, and old sports injuries. An estimated 5 million of those without health insurance are considered "uninsurable" because of pre-existing conditions." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States#Coverage "An impediment to implementing any reform that does not benefit insurance companies or the private health care industry is the power of insurance company and health care industry lobbyists in the United States. Possibly as a consequence of the power of lobbyists, key politicians such as Senator Max Baucus have taken the option of single payer health care off the table entirely." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_systems#United_States "In the United States 12% to 16% of the citizens are still unable to afford health insurance. State boards and the Department of Health regulate inpatient care to reduce the national health care deficit. To tackle the problems of the perpetually increasing number of uninsured, and costs associated with the US health care system, President Barack Obama says he favors the creation of a universal health care system. However, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said that Obama's plan would not actually provide universal coverage. (In contrast, Dennis Kucinich, an early candidate who did not get on the ballot, supported a single-payer system.) Factcheck.org alleges that Obama's predicted savings were exaggerated." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care
  • they have healthcare..state hospitals ,chips, medicaid,etc....many WORKING people can't afford insurance but are refused the free stuff because they have a JOB!!!! insurance ,all insurance is astronomical and even if you have it , a sickness can still leave you in DEBT.....

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