The Spark

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

Profits have unhealthy consequences

Jul 14, 2008

Ninety million people in the U.S. went without health insurance in 2006. Eighty% of them were in families with a person who had a job, most of them full-time.

Twenty-five million more adults did not have enough coverage to shield them from financial hardship if they were seriously injured or ill, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund. That’s up from 16 million in 2003 – a 60% increase! Today, it’s undoubtedly worse.

In the country with the most advanced medical system in the world, people who can’t pay do without even necessary medical treatment for chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, which can be kept in check with regular medication.

This is one consequence of a system whose goal is to amass as much profit as possible.