Homeless Would Benefit From Health Care Reform

Among the millions of Americans who would benefit from health care reform proposals before Congress are an unknown number of homeless.

Homeless people with incomes under $14,400 a year would qualify under a plan being considered in the House. They could enroll at hospitals or clinics.

Many homeless do not seek or receive primary care. They instead turn up in hospital emergency rooms when illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes or respiratory ailments flare up.

A 2007 survey counted 124,000 homeless nationwide, but advocates say the true number is much larger.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, N. C. on Aug 14, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    Some people are not homeless by choice. Some suffer from mental illness. And who are we to judge? God forbids if homelessness comes knocking on your door one day. What goes around comes around.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, N. C. on Aug 14, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    Even some working people cannot afford health insurance. Our country has the highest health cost in the world. Most family cannot afford to pay $400 a month for health insurance. It's nothing wrong with a business making money, but not off the backs of the working people. It should be made so everyone can afford health insurance. I don't mind helping the poor and the elderly. I'm just a average working employee
  • by EMS Provider Location: Gville on Aug 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    I guess most people would be real suprised at the numbers of poeple that go to the hospital that are self pay, aka Uninsured. They still get medical attention and some of the medicines that they need. But like someone else wrote, Most of the homeless people have done this to themselves by choice. If they need a job there are plenty out there. It may not be what they want to do, but it is a job...paycheck and possibly with benefits.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    everybody waiting on the annointed one [ obama] to help them pay their house payments as some thought, will be the homeless he is talking about
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Aug 14, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    Barslow, I am a veteran. I work to have a home, food, insurance, etc. Most of the veterans you describe fall into the previous description. They are homeless because they choose that over a life of work and responsibility. Being a veteran does not entitle me to a free handout for the rest of my life with no effort on my own part. It doesn't entitle the homeless veteran to a free handout either. If you want to help, go pick up a homeless vet every day and take him to lunch with you, then take him to the doctor and pay the bill once every six months. Be overly tolerant of laziness if you want, that's your business. Everybody has the right to be stupid if they want, just don't try to force others in with you because you want to do it. Good luck with your helping, little helper.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 14, 2009 at 04:52 AM
    With the economy the way it is and forclosures on the rise, pleople being laid off, there will be more and more homeless. No one is immune. One day it could be you in the homeless shelter, think about it.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 14, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    There are almost 200,000 homeless veterans who deserve better. I hope all of you who don't think these people deserve better make sure they bury you with your money.
  • by Ivan Location: NC on Aug 13, 2009 at 09:55 PM
    When is Obama going to get us out of his stupid war Afganistan. The even the Russians lost a war there?
  • by James Location: New Bern on Aug 13, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    Wilson, did you really expect to get a redistrubtion check from the rich ? If you want more money, get another job. All the dems in congress are some of the richest people in America. I love how they always comment on the "rich republicans" No republican has wealth like the Kennedys. Also, stop being jealous of the rich. Rich people create jobs ! Everyone can't be rich, but everyone can strive to be if they are willing.
  • by notgonnawork Location: NC on Aug 13, 2009 at 07:47 PM
    fantastic! the working families owning their own buissness trying to succeed in this country have to support the homeless drug addicts now!!!! Obama, stop destroying america with your crazy obamacare. good idea for us all to have healthcare but you will never reform the fact that some have morals and want to work to acheive and others want a handout. can we atleast require they be drug tested to recieve healthcare??? that would cut out a chink of change!
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