Real. People. Dying. Unnecessarily.

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Real people … who we knew and loved … who died unnecessarily in the U.S.

Real Life Stories of Americans


“My daughter got sick with cancer after her husband lost his job. She never told anyone she was sick because she knew the financial hardship it would cause and eventually the hospital would take their house for unpaid medical bills. We lost her in the following spring … We read her diary and learned all she was feeling and thinking. Now I wonder how many others are just like her in this America? And how many before her?”

Deaths due to Preventable Diseases: Dead Last

Rankings 1st to 19th. France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Germany, Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Britain, Ireland, Portugal, United States…

Real. People. Dying. Unnecessarily.

Real people … who we knew and loved … who died unnecessarily in the U.S.

Real Life Stories of Americans


“I work with a man who had to sell his house to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment. They had insurance, but it wasn’t enough to save her life. He lost his home, his best friend and his financial security.”

“My father was born in poverty . . .  He died in poverty too, but not because of his own laziness or waste or mismanagement. He had been a successful commercial artist with 20 employees. No, he died in poverty because he was a hard worker and always paid his bills and died trying to pay the astronomical bills from the cancer that killed my mother. My father fought in WWII. He believed in this country and this country let him down . . .”

“My mom has gone bankrupt due to bills and my grand mom died while not being able to afford proper care  . . .”…

Deaths due to Preventable Diseases Trending: Dead Last…

Do WE really have the “Best Health Care” in the World?

I guess, IF you can afford it — “WE” do.

and IF you can’t — Oh Well!

Report Finds Lack of Insurance Is Linked to Higher Death Rates

By Anna Boyd, April 7th 2008

A report issued Friday by Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, concludes that nearly three people die each day in North Carolina because they don’t have health insurance.

The Families USA report says people without health insurance are more likely to delay seeking care because of the high bills, which means disease such as cancer are diagnosed at a later, more deadly stage.


We know that people without insurance often forgo checkups, screenings and other preventive care,” Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA said quoted by Medical News Today.

The Families USA report comes three years after a study by the National Institute of Medicine found that nearly 18,000 deaths are linked to lack of insurance annually.


According to the Institute  of Medicine, uninsured adults are 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than adults with private health insurance.

Desparate people will take Desparate measures — sometimes …

That is, IF “affordable” opportunities are EVEN available, and IF their pride doesn’t get in the way.

Economic Conditions Having Negative Effect On Consumers,

According To Decision Analyst Study

Cristi Allen, Jan 13, 2009

Arlington, Texas–Economic conditions are having a negative impact on Americans’ healthcare and general well-being, according to a recent study by Decision Analyst, a leading international marketing research and marketing consulting firm.


Among the findings, 12% of respondents said they’ve stopped buying their prescription medications on a regular basis, and 42% of women and 37% of men said they are putting off visits to the doctor or dentist.

“Economic conditions are causing consumers to postpone medical care, lose sleep, and select cheaper, less healthy foods,” said Diane Brewton, Senior Vice President at Decision Analyst who heads up the Health and Nutrition Strategistâ„¢ study. “Should these trends continue, consumers’ long-term health will be impacted negatively by both increased stress levels and delayed medical treatment.”

Real. People. Dying. Unnecessarily.

It really doesn’t have to be this way …

Does it?

So Why is it?

We can put men on the Moon, and some day soon on Mars too —

BUT we CAN’T put each American in the Doctor’s Office on a regular basis?

Something is definitely wrong here — Somewhere along the line, America has lost her way …

And it seems, No One has the Vision, nor the Courage, to set her back on course, again.

Well at least Insurance CEOs, and their Shareholders, and D.C. Insiders, CAN afford their Best Care in the world … and that’s all that Matters these days, it seems.

this is the new Reality in the 21st Century:

Real. People. Dying. Unnecessarily.

It is just the New ‘Status Quo’, don’t you know?

Welcome to the Club.


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    • jamess on September 3, 2009 at 04:27

    Tips for real Americans,

    who still can dream of the way,

    that it SHOULD be.

  1. …and writes about it here:

    “The Unnecessary Death of My Aunt, Hazel”

  2. according the current version of the House bill.

    More suffering, more needless deaths, four more years of it even if the public option passes somehow.

    To let that happen is beyond criminal, it’s evil.

    Politicians don’t belong in Washington, they belong in Hell.  

  3. Thursday, September 3 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Independence Blue Cross (Philadelphia, PA)

    1900 Market Street

    Philadelphia, PA 19103


    • dkmich on September 3, 2009 at 16:12

    We have the best health care in the world for all of the fat cats in Washington, and we pay for it.    

    • jamess on September 4, 2009 at 01:56

    to dkos


    • jamess on September 4, 2009 at 05:13

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