at 02:45 on July 30th, 2009
The number of people in America without health insurance coverage at some time during 2006 totaled about 16% of the population, or 47 million people. In addition, many of those with insurance are not sufficiently insured, with high-deductible policies, policies that do have limits on what they will pay for or policies that cost a significant percentage of their income.Because of the amount spent on health care in the US, according to a 2009 report, the United States ranks 1st in the quality of health care among [[developed country|developed countries The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2009, ranked the US health care system 1st in overall performance and 1st by overall level of health (among United Nation nations included in the study).An example of the implementation of reform that does not benefit insurance companies or the private health care industry is the power of insurance company and health care industry lobbyists in the United States. Possibly as a consequence of the power of lobbyists, key politicians such as Senator Max Baucus have taken the option of single payer health care off the table entirely.
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