The cost of not having health insurance

A new Harvard study reports a lack of health insurance is linked to 45,000 deaths a year in America.

The summary of the report is pretty dramatic stuff. Uninsured adults under 64, for instance, have a 40 percent greater chance of dying than those with coverage.

“The United States stands alone among industrialized nations in not providing health coverage to all of its citizens,” the report begins. “Currently, 46 million Americans lack health coverage. Despite repeated attempts to expand health insurance, uninsurance remains commonplace among US adults.”

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