Cal’s medically uninsured ranks jump sharply

We were talking about adverse selection today. This will lead to more:

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19 Responses to “Cal’s medically uninsured ranks jump sharply”


  1. 1 Lorena C. Rodegeb March 23, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    I’m surprise something had not been done sooner regarding people who are medically uninsured as well as those who are insured and paying insane amounts of money to maintain insurance. It seems pretty unfair to have to pay out all this money, let these companies make giant profits and barely use insurance. Let’s hope the new health plan reform can help and provide so many that are in desperate need of medical attention with benefits at reasonable rates.

  2. 2 mike March 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    With the passage of the new law in Congress, it should open up coverage to the uninsured. What people don’t realize is that this will not happen overnight. Many are still opposed to the law and will keep fighting for changes. I agree that people need medical coverage and that it seems unfair to pay so much in premiums if you aren’t using it. But there are times when something catastrophic happens and you may need the coverage. It happened in our family and we could not have paid for the costs incurred had we not had the coverage. All those years of paying to the insurance company probably got used in less than two months.

  3. 3 Christopher Henderson (101) March 28, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    It will be interesting to see where the new law take us. Immediately after its approval, states were vowing to sue. It’s still early but I expect we’ll see a few changes and amendments to it before everyone is happy, and I don’t think the fighting will ever stop though. I still don’t understand the new health care bill myself but I expect that as things develop more, I’ll learn more. But I’m not surprised that as the economy worsened that more people dropped their insurance. A lot of people don’t like paying money for something they may not need, basically the premise of adverse selection. It will be interesting to see this change when things get rolling with the new bill.

  4. 4 Anthony Azevedo April 11, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I believe it will be years before we see anything out of this law being passed. I agree the health care system is messed up but those rich pricks have a lot of profits to throw around to prevent change. States were vowing to sue. Sue for what? What has our government done for us? Government is greedy, and changes have to be made from the TOP down. I not talking about just voting in a a new president. This new law is a joke!

  5. 5 Hannah Mac Dula April 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    I agree with Henderson. We have a new law in order to help these people without health care. What I find more surprising than the fact that there are many people uninsured, is the fact that there are also many people who are against the bill. They believe quality will decrease and some just don’t deserve the same care. To this I say, Blasphemy! Yes, there will probably be some issues with types of insurance and whatnot, but I believe the health care is an essential need and shouldn’t be privatized. The medically uninsured have to travel great distances just to meet with the few traveling free clinics. I hope the new bill will be able to help these people.

  6. 6 Karla Martinez May 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    One of the reasons why the rate of uninsured people has gone up, in my opinion, is the fact that the rate of unemployment has increased. A lot of people rely on their jobs to provide them with health insurance, and when these jobs are no longer there, neither is the health coverage. To make matters worse there is also no source of income, and then people are not able to provide their own insurance. If the state is not happy about having the highest rate of uninsured residents, than government expansion can’t be avoided, since most uninsured people are uninsured because they cannot afford to be insured.

  7. 7 Tiffany Hagewood May 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Of course the amount of medically uninsured Americans have jumped highly. What do you expect in this recession? And this doesn’t even include the amount of individuals like myself who don’t qualify for free medical assistance programs or the thousands of illegal immigrants in our nation. I agree with the statement about how this is a perfect example of the scale of damage that has been done over the past two years. Many individuals who have expensively held on to health insurance have finally given up on it due to finances. And just like unemployment and increases in the job market it is still going to take a good amount of time before we are able to climb out of this whole and back to where we once stood.

  8. 8 Tiffany Hagewood May 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    *has

  9. 9 angel May 2, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    It is very risky being uninsured in this country. Unfortunately,as the unemployment rate goes up, people without medical insurance goes up as well.
    California has one of the nation’s highest uninsured rates because of its size. California has one of the highest unemployment rate,so it’s true the statement that this state has the highest uninsured rate.
    I am fortunate to still have a job and have medical insurance to cover my medical bill.

  10. 10 Hyo Kim May 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    This may not just because of the recession,
    seriously, the medical insurance fee that I pay,.
    it’s ridiculous, and still it doesn’t cover fully,
    when I go to safeway to get some medication,
    there is always reason that the insurance won’t cover for
    this and that type of medication.
    So, why would I need to get this useless medical insurance, if it is not worth it as what it cost?

  11. 11 Angelina Hlavaty May 4, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I think it is ridiculous how many people do not have some sort of health care coverage. Schooling and health care in my opinion are two of the most important factors we rely on. I think if teh unemployment rate keeps decreaseing we will only see the uninsured rate rise. I could not imagine if I could not afford to pay for myself if I was sick and was not covered by some sort of health care. Medication in itself keeps raiseing its prices. What is going to happen if we can get help. Then our next crisis will be disease and a health crisis.

  12. 12 Melissa Moylan May 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    People are rapidly loosing their medical insurance because people are being laid off. Although this new health plan will give people their medical care back its hard to trust the government with our personal health. Look at what the government has done to our state’s budget. Hopefully the new health reform will be helpful and not harmful.

  13. 13 Nick Baumann May 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    As a young person, healthcare already seems like a waste of money. I get sick maybe three times a year and even then I don’t have to go to the hospital. Even regular heath check-ups seem a bit pointless, since every time I’m just told that I am healthy and ready to go. I don’t need to pay for such services, really, because I never use them. That is the problem with the healthcare system today. The poor and elderly are cared for using money paid by people like me. And when the recession hit, it was understandable that people wanted to cut costs and healthcare is a big cost. The healthcare system needs to be reformed because adverse selection for young people like me almost guarantees that the system will eventually run out of money.

  14. 14 Floyd Aranzazu May 15, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    The film Sicko made me realize that this country went down the toilet and needs to go to a sanitation plant for health reform. I hope with President Obama that the reform will pass and people won’t to spend as much everytime for an appointment.

  15. 15 Joey V May 16, 2010 at 2:43 AM

    A lot of peole when they lost their jobs ls medical benefits aswell so they ae requird to get private medical help. Plus with them lowering the age many people would rather just retire and keep benefits however they cannot now. Co-payments and other annual fees are not worth the poor amount of health care that we recieve. With these statistics and background information it is clear why the amount of uninsured Americans has increased. It is a risk not being insured, however it can sometimes be a waste to pay money each year, if you dont need help.

  16. 16 Caitlin K May 17, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    I think that a lot of the uninsured has to do with the demographics of our state. California, especially southern California has a large population that are illegal, because of our proximity to Mexico, and cannot afford insurance; but I could be wrong. Why is this just being talked about if the problem has existed for quite some time. Insurance is important but also expensive. This reminds me of the new healthcare reform bill that was passed; Arnold tried and Obama seemed to push it through.

  17. 17 Stephanie Boyle May 18, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    This rise is very dangerous. There are a few reasons that it could be occurring. For one thing there are a lot more illegals in California and they usually are uninsured. Also insurance prices are going up and incomes are going down, so something has to give, and in this case it is insurance. This is not good, most people used to see insurance as a necessity and apparently now it is a luxury. This is definitely not the case, prices need to be brought back down so that people can be safe. When people feel secure they are more likely to be outgoing and therefore spend money resulting in a boost for the economy.

  18. 18 Ji Young Yoo (Macro) May 18, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    It is the right of every individual to get at least a minimal health care coverage. This right is one of those that need to be protected regardless of economic growth and efficiency. It is unacceptable in a democratic country like the US that the number of uninsured people keeps increasing due to recession, and the health of many and more are at the whims of market forces. Some say leaving health care up to market forces is the best way to maintain and improve quality, but I fear what is needed in the US is more of quantity.

  19. 19 Amber Davenport May 19, 2010 at 6:08 AM

    Being uninsured in this country is very risky, but with unemployment rates being as high as they are, and health insurance being as expensive as it is, I am not surprised to see the dramatic drop in those covered by health insurance. Also, the amount of illegal immigrants living in this state especially alters the number significantly. The new bill passed by Congress will hopefully jump start our economy and move us in the right direction.


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