Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Tell me this is right?


Study: 2,200 Vets Died Last Year Because They Lacked Health Insurance
On the eve of Veterans Day, a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School has released a study finding that an estimated 2,266 veterans under the age of 65 died last year because they did not have health insurance. That “translates to six preventable deaths per day” and more than twice the number killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001.

Being uninsured raises a person’s odds of dying by 40 percent. The researchers found that 1.46 million veterans between the ages of 18 and 64 lacked insurance in 2008. While most veterans are eligible to receive excellent care from the Veterans Administration, those who were not injured in combat and whose income is above a certain threshold are often ineligible. Others are assigned low priorities, providing them with less consistent and more expensive access to care:

“Like other uninsured Americans, most uninsured vets are working people – too poor to afford private coverage but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or means-tested VA care,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor at Harvard Medical School. [...]

Dr. David Himmelstein, the co-author of the analysis and associate professor of medicine at Harvard, commented, “On this Veterans Day we should not only honor the nearly 500 soldiers who have died this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the more than 2,200 veterans who were killed by our broken health insurance system. That’s six preventable deaths a day.”

Unfortunately, health insurance is just one of many serious problems vets face. Up to one-in-five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while male vets face suicide rates double the national average. And, as the VA under President Obama recognized, veterans still account for up to a quarter of all homeless.

The fact that even veterans cannot receive adequate health care demonstrates that the current system is broken and in need of dramatic overhaul. A robust public option will guarantee that vets and all working-class Americans will be able to afford quality health insurance. Still, the study’s authors warn that the health care legislation “would do virtually nothing for the uninsured until 2013” and would “leave at least 17 million uninsured over the long run when reform kicks in,” leaving many veterans without care.


  1. Is it just me or does John Allen Muhammad look like the twin brother of Mark Essex?

  2. Sometimes I wonder if movies like "Savage" didn't influence the Beltway Snipers and Mark Essex.


  3. There really is an uncanny resemblance.

  4. Speaking of uncanny resemblances: My ass and Drake's face.

  5. Spend a lot of time looking at your own ass? That explains volumns.

    And why don't you use your own name, "Mike"? I use mine, tuff guy.

  6. Not very often, dickweed. You post under a whole lot of bullshit names. So who you been Brokeback Mountaining with lately Drake? Luring young boys into your tent, eh?

  7. Fuck you Roland, I gave up the tent romance. I didn't shit right for a week after my last one.

  8. """2,266 veterans under the age of 65 died last year because they did not have health insurance."""

    That's absolutely facinating and most likely a complete lie. I sure would like to know what each one of them died from considering YOU CAN GO TO ANY PUBLIC HOSPITAL and get CARE without having to pay anything. They HAVE to bill you later by law.

    And who in their right mind would die before getting free care even if it financially ruined you.

    I have heard they won't treat you for cancer or things that get you over a long time though.

    Must have been all extended deaths.

  9. Okay I know not knowing the fuck you are talking about has never slowed you down before Hooch but you really should shut the fuck up about health care. You're getting medicare, be happy Von.

  10. The "robust public option" will destroy what is left of our healthcare system.

    It's a shame Nikki and others can't see that.

    BTW- Most "veterans" do have the option of going to the VA (oh, that's right it's run buy the gubmint and, never mind...).

  11. Those getting medicare are first on the chopping block...first round of cuts to Medicare is half a trillion.

  12. Not to change the subject, but I bet you guys didn't know that the good Major that killed our soldiers was an advisor to the Obama transition team.

    No Shit.

    Google that shit!

  13. The last time I looked any person in America can walk right into an emergency room and be treated regardless if insured or not--it's the law.

    And as for the veterans, doesn't the VA take care of their medical needs? This sounds like bullshit.

  14. Shit, the VA is a good example NOT to create a public option if you ask me.

    The only thing this government is good at is raising taxes and conducting war--they tend to fuck up everything else.

  15. That's pretty fucked up. I didn't know that.

    And while we are talking about Muslims, It is a glorious day here in Virginia. In about 85 minutes from now we will kill Muslim John Allen Muhammad. The psycho that drove around and had his son shoot out of a hole in the back of the car killing innocent person after person.

    The "DC Sniper" dies today!!!

    May God bless the people he has killed and their poor families and children. And when I meet him in Hell, I will be the one fucking him up the ass with the devils pitch fork.

  16. """The last time I looked any person in America can walk right into an emergency room and be treated regardless if insured or not--it's the law."""

    Yes, this is a good point. The only thing that is fucked up and should be considered is the financial ruin people go through due to a medical catastrophe. It would be nice if we could work out a Major Medical ONLY health care program that would prevent this. AND TO DO IT IN A FREE MARKET MANOR.

    And it is unfortunate that the Republicans did not bring a plan like this to the table.

  17. Anonymous said...

    Bet you guys didn't know that the good Major was an advisor to the Obama transition team.

    Google that shit

    I'm surprised it took you so long. And...while you are googling that shit be sure and read it before you start making wild claims. Oh! And make sure you read it from a reputable source.

  18. Actually, you make a good point about the VA.

    Also...Hooch - I agree with you about the major medical part.

    But...ya know, while it's true that the poor CAN get free medical treatment, they can't get the major medical care for treatment for horrible diseases. They are afforded the minimum - but they are not admitted to major cancer treatment centers, etc.

  19. Hooch whining about health care. Hey bitch, why don't you get a fucking job then you won't have so much time to whine, bitch.

  20. Also - I am really pissed at the latest version of "Health Care Reform." What a joke.

  21. Canada Free Press is definitely reputable.


  22. """Hooch whining about health care. Hey bitch, why don't you get a fucking job then you won't have so much time to whine, bitch."""

    Hey bitch, I'm even working right now. That's what us entrepreneurs do. Work our asses off like 80 hrs a week!

    When I finish with my other companies during the day, I look for real estate at night and right now I am presently sending letters to every person in Roanoke Va that doesn't like to pay their taxes. I will offer to buy their house before the City sells it at their tax sale. They would be what is called in the industry, a motivated seller. Find motivated sellers and you will find deals that you couldn't get anywhere.

    So I do mindless work printing off letters, signing, writing little post it notes to personalize, sealing envelopes, and fuck off on the internet.

    I would be willing to bet that I work at minimum double the hours you do per week.

    So while I work and refresh Nikki's blog once and a while. You should go get a second job you lazy piece of shit.

    Wealth is not acquired by lying around on your ass and watching Keith Oberman.

  23. Man it is just amazing the lies Von/Hooch tells himself. I wonder if that lying fucker actually believes them? Just too goddamn funny. Tell us again about your "Companies" "Hooch". LOL.

  24. Reminder: Channon Christian got what she deserved. So did Chris Newsom, quit crying about it already, bitches.

  25. I just want to tell everyone that I ain't never been right since I went camping with Drake. I don't know if you have ever had gentile herpes but where I got it, it is a real pain in the ass.


  26. Whosh! Whoosh! Whoooooooosh! Just had to fart.

  27. Where are the jobs Mr. President?

    The unemployment is at 10.2 %. Can it get any worse?

  28. Why don't you cry some more bitch? Go get a fucking job and do your part.


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