In honor of Veterans' Day, Physicians for a National Health Program
cite appalling numbers from Harvard Medical School research: 1.4
million working-age veterans lacked health coverage
last year, and about 2,266 died as a result - 14 times the number of
deaths from combat in Afghanistan last year, or six preventable deaths
a day. Single-payer insurance would change those numbers, they say; the current
health reform bill will not.
"Like other uninsured Americans, most uninsured vets are working
people, too poor to afford private coverage," said Dr. Steffie
Woolhandler. "As a result, veterans go without the care they need every
day...It's a disgrace."