Those 18,000 dead and the 1.5 million people who file bankruptcies every year just don't care enough about themselves to get jobs that provide medical coverage, right? The fact that corporations are reducing benefits or eliminating coverage altogether is immaterial, right?
An estimated 50 million Americans lack medical insurance, and a similar and rapidly growing number are underinsured. The uninsured are excluded from services, charged more for services, and die when medical care could save them -- an estimated 18,000 die each year because they lack medical coverage.
But it's not only the uninsured who suffer. Of the more than 1.5 million bankruptcies filed in the U.S. each year, about half are a result of medical bills; of those, three-quarters of filers had health insurance.