THE COLLAPSING SAFETY NET....4/2/23
Updated: Apr 10
85 million people, or a quarter of the population of the United States is on Medicaid. That’s a whopping number. But as of yesterday, many of these recipients are about to lose their benefits, which means that poor people could needlessly die as a result.
During the pandemic, Congress enacted a law that prevented states from kicking people off Medicaid, but the clock ran out and now those who have no money are in for a rude awakening. The next time they or their children need to medical help, they’ll discover they have no insurance, which means they’ll have to decide whether to eat, pay the doctor, or risk homelessness by not paying the rent.
It’s a travesty that we, one of the richest countries on earth, are among the few without free universal health care.
Meanwhile health insurance companies earned over $27 billion in 2022, while our life expectancy has dropped to 12th place compared to other developed nations. It makes no sense whatsoever.