I’ve fielded a lot of response from the story about young adults lacking health coverage. Feedback is always encouraged and appreciated, but I was surprised that many who commented did not see the connection between their premiums and the young adults out there living without insurance. There is one, and it is spelled out below. These numbers ran with the story on Sunday:
BY THE NUMBERS
Insurance in Oklahoma
The average annual premium for single coverage in 2008.
Amount paid by insured individuals per year to cover the uninsured.
The amount insured individuals will pay for the uninsured in 2010.
Approximate number of Oklahomans 18-32 who do not have insurance.
SOURCES: THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION,
HEALTH RESEARCH & EDUCATIONAL TRUST,
STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT, FAMILIES USA
One gentleman failed to see this connection, so I thought I’d point it out again.
You bemoan the plight of those who do not try, or can’t provide for their own care. But how about those of who are up against the wall, playing by the rules and are contributing to our communities children?
All of us should be concerned that so many fall between the cracks. No it isn’t just young people. 600,000 people in Oklahoma are without health care. Is that acceptable?
A very brilliant woman (who now works in the National Institutes of Health) once told me,
“We have a sick-care system and not a health-care system. We have a whole industrial complex around this sick-care system. There will be a huge resistance to any change.