Thursday, November 12, 2009

Honor our fallen soldiers

Just keep in mind that most of them died not on the battlefield, but from lack of health insurance.

Study: Over 2,200 US Veterans Died in 2008 Due to Lack of Health Insurance | Physicians for a National Health Program: "On Veterans Day, a new study estimates four times as many US Army veterans died last year because they lacked health insurance than the total number of US soldiers who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the same period. A research team at Harvard Medical School says 2,266 veterans under the age of 65 died in 2008 because they were uninsured. We speak to the report’s co-author, Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, professor of medicine at Harvard University and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program."

But veterans get free health coverage, right?

Nope. You may be surprised to learn that only veterans who were injured on the battlefield get free health coverage for their war-related injuries. Not that the Veterans Administration wouldn't like to cover them. It's just that there's not enough funding. Plenty of money for war, but nothing for its American victims--our soldiers.

Support the troops, my ass.

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