Tuesday, October 13, 2009

US Health Care Costs a 9/11 Every Three & a Half Weeks

The Seminal » A 9/11 Every Three and a Half Weeks

The latest peer-reviewed estimate of deaths due to to lack of health insurance is 45,000 per year.

That’s one 9/11 every three and a half weeks.

And that’s almost certainly an underestimate, since it doesn’t include deaths precipitated by underinsurance.

In the days and weeks following 9/11 did any legislator insist that we bring the perpetrators of that slaughter to justice, but only if we do it in a deficit-neutral fashion?


And Al Qaeda was only emulating three and a half weeks’ worth of our corrupt health care system.

I don’t want to hear another word about the impact of health care reform on the federal budget. We have enough models on how rational nations work this out. (I won’t say more, because that’ll bring me back to the public option’s inadequacies….)

Enough about who’s going to pay for it. One 9/11’s worth of human souls pay for the lack of it every three and a half weeks.

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