Don’t Repeal Without Replacing

Many Republicans have said they want to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If they have better ideas to make health care more affordable or to make programs like Medicare more affordable, I’m all for it.

But any changes must make sure that all citizens of this country have access to affordable health insurance. The legislation signed by President Obama will provide access to health insurance for millions of Americans who do not currently have it. This legislation is not perfect, but it will save lives.

As the list of references below shows, patients without insurance are much, much more likely to die than those with health insurance. The articles listed below are by medical researchers and were published within the past 2 years in peer-reviewed medical journals. In other words, this is irrefutable proof that health insurance saves lives.

These are a few of the studies that demonstrate this fact:

“Analysis of 23 million US hospitalizations: uninsured children have higher all-cause in-hospital mortality.”
Abdullah F, et al. J Public Health. 2010 Jun.

“Primary payer status affects mortality for major surgical operations.”
LaPar DJ, et al. Ann Surg. 2010 Sept.

“Insurance status is a potent predictor of outcomes in both blunt and penetrating trauma.
Greene WR, et al. Am J Surg. 2010 Apr.

“Downwardly mobile: the accidental cost of being uninsured.”
Rosen H, et al. Arch Surg. 2009 Jan.

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