Judging from some bloggers’ response to the Frost family featured on the radio last week, that question appears to be on the table. I found David Lazarus’s story a compelling example of the anxiety that lack of stable health insurance can cause. Having just been diagnosed with diabetes, he’s worried about the future:
[T]he quirks and complexities of the insurance system border on madness. Through my employer, I have about as much insurance coverage as anyone. . . . I have to wonder where else my private-sector insurance will fail me in years ahead. And what happens if I get fired tomorrow? With a preexisting condition, I’m virtually uninsurable in the individual insurance market. Will diabetes leave my family destitute?
The terrifying possibility of my own loss of coverage gives me an acute sense of what the uninsured must deal with, the dreadful awareness that you and your loved ones are only one medical misstep from catastrophe. That’s unacceptable for any person who lives in the wealthiest, most advanced nation in the history of the world.