Study: 45,000 Americans die each year for lack of insurance

From Raw Story

Harvard researchers published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health a study which reveals roughly 45,000 American adults die every year because they are not covered by health insurance.

Researchers specifically noted that lack of health insurance now kills more adults than kidney disease.

The American Journal of Public Health is a subscription-only service. reported:

Lead author Dr. Andrew Wilper, who worked at Harvard Medical School when the study was done and who now teaches at the University of Washington Medical School, said, “The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors and baseline health. We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes and heart disease – but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.”

The study, which analyzed data from national surveys carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed death rates after taking education, income and many other factors including smoking, drinking and obesity into account. It estimated that lack of health insurance causes 44,789 excess deaths annually.

Previous estimates from the IOM and others had put that figure near 18,000. The methods used in the current study were similar to those employed by the IOM in 2002, which in turn were based on a pioneering 1993 study of health insurance and mortality.

During a Thursday rally, President Barack Obama promised a University of Maryland crowd, “Because you voted for change in November, we’re going to bring change.”

The United States was “on the cusp” of fulfilling the promise of easier access to higher education, which is very costly, and of changing the health care system, which Obama said was a defining issue for the current generation.

“One in three adults who don’t have health insurance live one accident away from bankruptcy,” the president said, his speech regularly interrupted by deafening cheers and at one point by a lone heckler, who shouted “child killer” as Obama began his speech.

The president never broke his stride, and the heckler was quickly ushered out of the stadium by security guards.

The rally was the latest sign that Obama is now hitting back hard at opponents to his proposed reforms who hogged the media spotlight last month by disrupting town hall meetings held to explain and promote the president’s vision for change.

It was also a bid by Obama’s behind-the-scenes team, whose near flawless handling of his campaign took him from the bottom rungs of the US Senate to the White House, to boost the president’s popularity ratings.

Obama’s poll numbers have fallen over the past few months as politicians dickered over health care and the public reacted to what it saw as excessive government spending.

“It’s time to put our shoulders to the wheel of history,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, acting as a warm-up man for the president, told the exuberant crowd inside the University of Maryland’s 20,000-seat basketball stadium before Obama arrived.

“We are closer than ever before to building a health care system that America can be proud of. We cannot let this opportunity slip by,” he said as the crowd whooped and cheered.

— Stephen C. Webster

With AFP

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What is Wrong With this Headline?

“Britain – Boy, 12, has sex swap during summer holidays… [2009-09-18 Daily Mail]”

When ever I read articles form the so called British press I get the feeling they write according to the Benny Hill wink, wink, nudge, nudge,  Style Book.

Not that the American Press, especially what with so much of it being owned by that Nazi Aussie, Murdock is a whole lot better.

But WTF?  “Sex-swap!” WTF,WTF?

Many, perhaps most transkids who come out young either as children or young adult already are so in-between the sexes that to call them “boys” or “girls” as the case may be, prior to their transitioning makes a mockery of the highly regarded laws of gender not to mention the standards of sex assigning.

Transkids, especially those who transition young are often the ones who make the case for there being an intersex component to the condition of transsexualism.  As Sarah Seton pointed out in her book, these kids are already physically feminine or masculine as the case may be, but from here forward I am going to stick with T to F because this is the area I have studied most.

PAIS, partial androgen insensitivity rather than the complete which produced a girl lacking the internal female organs is quite probably common in the obvious transkids who are feminine from infancy and come out young.  This is often accompanied with hypogonadism i.e. very under developed genitals.

So what we are talking about is more a matter of reassigning an intersex kid from male to female than a “sex-swap”.

But the very term “sex-swap” is so freaking tabloid.  Like I went out and found a T to M person  and we traded sexes.  Get freaking real.

Call these morons on their wink, wink, nudge, nudge Style Book.  Language can be a tool for oppression or liberation and as long as these fuck control that language kids like this child are more likely to get stuck in reparative therapy for a few years of abuse and torture than get the treatment that they need>

Boy, 12, has sex swap during summer holidays


18th September 2009

A 12-year-old boy is preparing to have a sex change operation after returning to school following the summer break as a girl, it was revealed today.

The boy, who has now had his name changed to a girl’s by deed poll, arrived at school in a dress and pigtails.

Teachers had to call an emergency assembly to explain the transformation to confused pupils and tell them they must now treat the child as a girl.

‘We are committed to ensuring the best for our child. We are working with other agencies to ensure our child’s welfare is protected,’ his mother told the Sun.

But other parents reacted angrily and said the head teacher should have warned them before the school’s announcement to their children.

‘They behaved appallingly by throwing this hand grenade into the room and then leaving the inevitable questions about it for unprepared parents,’ one mother said.

‘Maybe we could have explained sexual politics and encouraged our kids to be more sensitive if we’d had a chance to be involved.’

Another added: ‘This girl, as she now is, has been through hell because of how this has been handled.’

They claimed the decision not to inform them in advance had opened up the child to bullying and taunts because other children do not understand.

It had been hoped the transformation might go unnoticed because the initial sex swap was done as the child moved from primary to secondary school.

But former classmates realised and spread the news, prompting taunts from other pupils who asked: ‘Are you gay?’

Teachers then decided to step in and warn them of disciplinary action if they did not treat him as a girl.

During the special assembly, some confused pupils burst into tears. The sex swap child was not there and has not been at school since the announcement was made.

His family have also been threatened and are now under police protection. The school insist the child will return to class but not while there is any risk to his safety.

His primary school head teacher is said to have insisted he was treated as a boy despite his girlish behaviour.

He wore a bikini for swimming lessons, had Barbie towels, put ribbons in his hair and rode a pink scooter, according to The Sun.

Experts have said it is highly unusual for a child of that age to be sure about such a huge change in their lives.

The boy, who has for years told his friends he wants to be a girl, could now become the world’s youngest sex change patient.

After taking the decision to return to school as a girl, he is preparing for hormone treatment and ultimately surgery.

Under UK law, this cannot happen until he has passed puberty.

German Kim Petras became the world’s youngest transsexual at 16 earlier this year, changing her name from Tim.

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