News ID: 8648
Publish Date: 01 July 2012 - 10:48
Families USA reported there are about 50 million people, or one out of every 6 Americans, who don’t have health insurance.
Pollack says for them, the lack of health insurance is a very serious matter that can have "enormous” consequences. He says that for those unable to afford health insurance, the Affordable Care Act would be their only option if it’s allowed to be fully implemented in 2014.

Pollack broke the 26,100 deaths due to a lack of health insurance down even further. 26,100 deaths equals 2,175 a month, just over 500 people a week, and 72 a day.

That means that every hour in America, three people die every hour in part due to a lack of health insurance. Pollack says that when people don’t have health insurance, they defer care because they feel they can’t afford it.

When they defer care, they don’t seek medical attention when they feel symptoms of pain or an illness, thinking that the pain or illness will eventually go away. However, in some cases, an illness, such as cancer, doesn’t go away, and ultimately spreads, which if left untreated, will cause death.
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