Why should we let more Americans die?
This is the question asked by Senate majority leader Harry Reid. On December 21, 2009 Reid made a chilling speech prior to the United States Senate’s cloture vote on the manager’s amendment to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In his speech, Reid referred to a study conducted by Harvard:
“A Harvard study found that 45,000 times this year – nearly 900 times every week, more than 120 times a day, on average every 10 minutes, without end – an American died as a direct result of not having health insurance. The numbers are numbing. And they don’t even include those who did have health insurance, but who died because they couldn’t afford a plan that met their most basic needs.”
Senator Reid continued to point out that it is becoming more and more expensive to stay healthy in the United States. Pointing out that the United States is the greatest and richest country this world has ever seen but it is the only advanced nation where it is possible to die due to lack of coverage.
Reid indicated that more than 43,000 Americans will die without health insurance each year. Furthermore, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will not provide affordable protection or care until 2014. During the time period between passage of the legislation and its implementation, over 174,000 Americans will die because they lack health insurance according to the Harvard University study cited by Senator Reid.
Senator Reid is calling for immediate attention to this matter, pointing out that the long, drawn out debating of the 2,074 page bill is just procrastination that will delay patient protection and care for several years.