In this time that our attention is focused on Mrs Edwards health, take a moment to consider those here in the Greatest Nation On Earth™ who have no insurance.
Then go read this-
UNDERinsured: Have Health Insurance & Still Screwed
Survey data from the Kaiser Foundation in 2002 showed that among persons who were insured:
24% of insured families spent $2,000 or more out-of-pocket expenses on health care.
18% reported postponing seeking care due to costs
15% had problems paying medical bills
10% had needed a prescription filled, but did not get it
8% were contacted by a collection agency about medical bills
6% needed medical care but did not get it.
There are some sobering and astounding statistics in this diary by Daily Kos regular DrSteveB. I have quite a few of his stories bookmarked for my own personal use.