Will you vote for Hillary in next year's election? Or will it be Obama or Edwards? What about Rudy, Thompson, or McCain? Hmm... How will you decide?
Well - certainly one factor that will sway your thinking will be health care. Or, honestly, the lack of health care. Candidates on both sides of the aisle are scrambling to cobble together a comprehensive health care plan. That's good news for all of us.
A recent report from Families USA tells this sad tale: during 2006-2007, close to 90 million people under the age of 65 went without health insurance for some period of time. The U.S. Census Bureau reported last month that 47 million had no insurance for all of 2006, and Families USA extrapolated their figures based on this data.
89.6 million - 34.7% of those Americans under 65.
The survey found that many of those lacking insurance were employed. 79% were in families in which at least one person worked, and over 70% were themselves employed full-time.
It's no wonder this is a major issue in the upcoming election.
So, how will you decide for whom to cast your vote? Consider this: look around and take a head count. Include your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Then, cast your vote for them - or, at least, the one out of every three who will have no health insurance sometime in the next two years...To read more about the survey, see this from Reuters. To learn more about the issue of health care insurance, see this from Families USA.