Thursday, August 13, 2009

Health Care not Warfare

US Health Care By the Numbers
Why We Need Reform
Mary Bahr

of uninsured Americans
are Young People Ages 18 - 34
Our Future is Uninsured!

1,000,000,000,000 (One Trillion) Dollars & Counting
Afghan and Iraq War Costs will Surpass 1 trillion this year
Enough to pay for health care for every American

50,2000,000,000 (50.2 billion) & Counting:
Cost of War to Florida Tax Payers
We could have bought 27,748,505 children health care for a year with these taxes

217,500,000 (217.5 million) & Counting:
Cost of War to Gainesville Tax Payers
We could have bought 76,753 people health care for a year with these taxes

Percent of American people who want health care reform

137,000 American Lives lost
2002 - 2006 due to lack of health insurance
Death rates are rising as the number of uninsured increases
From 18,000 per year in 2002 to 22,000 per year in 2006

Note we have spent one trillion dollars plus on "The War on Terror" in the same years that those 137,000 lives were lost, far more dead Americans than have resulted from terror attacks or even our own foreign policy decisions in the Middle East that have now cost us over 6000 American soldiers. All these lives are precious so why aren't we willing to commit our fortune to protect them equally? Obviously lack of health care kills many more young Americans that the War on Terror. So why is this problem too expensive to solve?

The Real Issue Here is Moral not Numerical
Is this who we really want to be? One trillion for war and destruction while we deny life to 22,000 Americans each year, many of them our children, because it is too expensive?

Congresswoman Barbara Lee once said the Federal budget is a moral document that says a lot about American values.
Are these our values?

Martin Luther King Said: "A nation that continues year after year to spend more on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Enough Said!
Health Care Not Warfare!

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