More than 47 million Americans are uninsured. 80% come from working families. 20% are children. Here’s a website that can help you make a difference in reducing that number: www.voicefortheuninsured.org.

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD President-Elect American Medical Association joined Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, Host/Executive Producer of Health in 30™ to talk about the uninsured. Tune in to find out what your can do about healthcare reform. The AMA’s highest priority is expanding health insurance coverage to the uninsured.

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    My doctor put me on disability last Nov 2009. I managed to hold on to my company insurance until this August. It was a reasonable rate, only $140 per month but eventually being on disability I could no longer afford it. Trying to hold onto it my bank account became depleted, my 401 (what little I had) also had to be withdrawn to keep up with the rising cost of living (yeah I know they say that there was no rise in the cost of living so we don’t get a raise this next year in social security benefits) but the truth is out there. Mydisability $688 per month is too much for me to receive Medicaid and I am only 63 so it is another 2 years before I qualify for medicare (if it is still in effect by then). More and more doctors are retiring early because both Medicaid and other insurers are not paying the bills submitted. I live in Texas and most of the doctors here will not accept any new medicaid patients because of the problem so that is putting a big strain on county facilities who work on a sliding scale. I heard one estimate from a doctor who said that the reform act will put something like 32,000,000 people on Medicaid. He is having to work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week and takes on patients with no pay just because he has a big heart and who else is going to do it! It seems as though our government wants to kill some of us off to ease their burdens. I am sure there are other ways to raise the money for our country’s healthcare, after all they can sure spend billions of dollars to help other countries who don’t ever even try to repay us when we need the help. We wouldn’t be in such a fix if we brought back the old saying that “Charity begins at home” or how about “You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else”. That axiom applies to government as well as the individual!

    Sincerely, Sharron Boutte

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