Uninsured in the city of champions

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

Over the years I have become an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, cheering on the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. I am excited that Pittsburgh can once again, after 30 years, claim the title of Championship City. Can you imagine any more thrills than the Steelers come-from-behind victory in the last few seconds of the Super Bowl and the resilience and perseverance of the Penguin's Stanley Cup run?

I gloried over the extensive coverage of the final game of the Stanley Cup in the June 13 Post-Gazette, but then I groaned when I came across Highmark's full-page color ad congratulating the team. The reason? My and my husband's ever-increasing health-care premiums paid for that ad, and my husband, at age 60, had to drop his coverage because of the expense. He joined the tragic march of 47 million uninsured.

If we had single-payer health insurance -- such as that envisioned in HR 676 on a national level or SB 400/1660 in Pennsylvania -- we could afford health care because we wouldn't be paying for such ads, as well as many other items (including corporate profits, corporate jets, excessive executive salaries, inefficient bureaucracy, etc.) that have nothing to do with insuring our well being.




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