The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Lack of health insurance more deadly than homicide

Mar 17, 2008

At least two adults die each day in Michigan because they have no health insurance, according to a report by Families USA, a health advocacy group. Twice as many people died across the country in 2006 from a lack of health coverage as from homicide!

People without insurance are much less likely to have regular checkups, so they are more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness at an advanced stage. Diabetics can die for simply being unable to afford a vial of insulin.

These deaths could easily be prevented – if not for a health care system organized around profit.