Who Are the 45 Million Uninsured?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 02:09 PM EDT
Health care reform is all the rage in Washington these days, and the most significant focus is on the 45 million uninsured in America. But how many of those 45 million could actually afford health insurance â€” that is, if they thought it was a priority or found it to be a necessity?
As a twenty-something who has been living the past 7 months with nearly 70 percent of my income going toward rent, Iâ€™ve had to learn to cut costs â€” drastically. Luckily/thankfully my job offers health care benefits.
Could I have said no and had less taken out of my paycheck? Sure, but after having to go to the doctor twice in the past 7 months, it would have ended up costing me a lot more than what I pay to have insurance. For many single young people, a lot of times we just choose not to have insurance.
But it looks like the silver lining in this recession is that Americans are learning to live a simpler life.
This article originally appeared on The Sad Elephant.