Thursday, March 13, 2008

I promise

Unless something major happens (which it very well could), I'm not going to blog about Mayor McCheesehead today.

More importantly though, a story on deserves more attention than it's getting. It turns out that two people die every single day in Michigan alone from lack of medical insurance.

The report used mathematical methods used by two highly reputable agencies, the Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit federal agency which studied the issue in 2002, and the Urban Institute, which updated the figures in 2006. Both reports took federal statistics on people who lacked insurance and estimated that 25% died prematurely.
It is so sad, this day in age, that we live in a country of such extravagance and wealth and yet we can't be bothered to ensure that the basic needs of our citizens are met. And yes, I would consider healthcare a basic need. Basic. It's so basic that when we're young the first face we see is that of a medical professional. Yet once we've passed through the birth canal it's perfectly okay to fail to extend to us the most simple and basic of rights.

If all of these other countries can do it--if Cuba can do it--we can do it. It's just a matter of people being willing to give up very little so that we can all reap the many benefits.



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