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VIDEO: No more excuses! Thousands die while Congress delays

Date: 
02/16/2010
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HCAN, the Illinois Main Street Alliance, and Citizen Action/Illinois rallied in front of Aetna to call attention to the insurers announcement that they will drop another 650,000 policy holders to "meet profit expectations."

The rally coincided with the release of a new HCAN report showing that the five largest U.S. health insurance companies sailed through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression to set new industry profit records in 2009. The health insurance industry accomplished this feat by leaving behind 2.7 million Americans who had been enrolled in private health plans the year before. For customers lucky enough to keep their benefits, the insurers raised rates and increased cost-sharing while - in many cases - cutting the share of premiums spent on medical care.

Speakers at the rally told personal stories of being dropped from coverage, of premium increases, of medical bankruptcies resulting from a lack of health insurance.The personal tragedies continue as Congress delays reform. Every day health care reform is delayed:

  • 6,821 more people lose their health insurance
  • 2,548 more people file for bankruptcy because they got sick
  • 123 more people die because they don’t have the coverage they need