Michael Moore's film Sicko has the stories of several individuals who are underinsured including a few who died as a result of their situation. The website Names of the Dead has testimonials from families of those who died as a result of a lack of insurance. It gives the names and cities of each story so they can be checked for veracity. This is one from Altoona, PA. Senator Santorum says he wants to save America from fascism as his grandfather escaped it in Italy. The first step in fighting it is acknowledging the truth.
Uncle Abe64, Altoona PA
Cindy Lovell writes:
My Uncle Abe worked as a self-employed plumber. Some years he could afford insurance, and some years he couldn't. He came down with congestive heart failure, and he could not afford insurance. He kept waiting to see a doctor until he turned 65 so he would have Medicare. He waited and hoped. Finally, he got so sick that my other two uncles went and got him. They intended to take him to the emergency room and pay his bill. Both are retired and on fixed incomes, yet their baby brother was so sick, and they were so scared, that they figured they would come up with some way to pay his hospital bills. However, Uncle Abe died in the emergency room... waiting to turn 65!
Stephen Colbert takes Uncle Abe to task (he's really satirizing right wing thinking about health care and the uninsured). I hope you're not offended. It's meant to be satire.