Here is a simple calculation based on available numbers:
In 2009, a study conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that 44,789 Americans died annually from not having health insurance. Assuming their data had been collected in 2008, and knowing that uninsured Americans in 2008 numbered 46.3 million, an unweighted estimate of additional deaths from the additional 14 million uninsured in 2018 (estimated by the Congressional Budget Office as early consequence of the “Trumpcare” plan) would mean roughly 13,500 more deaths thanks to “Trumpcare” (a.k.a. the AHCA) next year. This result probably vastly underestimates the real number of casualties if you consider that most of those who will lose health insurance, if the Republicans force through this callous plan, are older people who need healthcare the most and die the most from not getting it. Still, even the low estimate of 13,500 murdered by our Congress to please their corporate paymasters makes my skin crawl.
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Oh, and those 14 million are only the beginning. By 2026, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates 24 million more uninsured than if “Obamacare” (the ACA) would stay in effect. (Not that “Obamacare” was ever perfect. The 2026 number of uninsured by the CBO’s estimate would still be 28 million. While that is 24 million less than the 52 million estimated under “Trumpcare”, it is still deplorable. All our peer nations, where everybody is insured, are looking at us with horror.)
Incidentally, there is some very comprehensive reading available on this topic in this week’s Our Revolution Continues blog. It includes things you can do to fight back. Very worth reading. Great graphs, too! I highly recommend it.
Addendum (March 23): I just heard that Trump keeps putting enormous pressure on Members of Congress to get enough votes. Very sad! — Remember, the House is supposed to vote today, if necessary all the way into the night. Time for last minute action by people.
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