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700,000,000

That is today’s number. It represents the hidden tax that every working New Jerseyan pays for the healthcare of uninsured residents of our state.

$700,000,000.00

It’s 3/4 of a Billion dollars that the state comps hospitals around the state when an uninsured 10 year old needs oxygen during a severe asthma attack, or an uninsured man needs to be treated for a heart attack or an uninsured free-lancing woman needs chemotherapy for breast cancer.

1.8 Million New Jerseyans out of 8 million are uninsured. That’s a lot of potentially sick people. Wouldn’t it be better for them to pay into a universal health insurance policy while they’re well so that the risk is dispersed and hospitals don’t have to pass the cost onto the insured like they do now?

One of our candidates believes in univesal coverage, The other would let the young and healthy opt out until they need it. In the meantime, the tax becomes less well hidden…

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  1. Excellent. Why democrats don’t shout numbers like these from a roof, so people would know? Why are they just busy dotting i’s and crossing t’s?

    That number is the BEST advertisement for a universal health care program I have seen.

  2. I wish democrats got that number nationally and also in state-by-state and talked about it every chance they got. Those who worry about paying other people’s insurance will realize that they are already doing so.

    I can wish, can’t I?

  3. You can thank Joseph Cryan, head of the NJ Democratic Party for that statistic. I saw him the other day. He’s a superdelegate leaning towards Clinton.
    Here’s another one: in the mid 90’s, about 90% of New Jerseyans had health insurance. That number is now down to ~75%.
    Pretty amazing when you think about it. And because of the high salaries in this state, that go along with the high cost of living, we are the least likely to qualify for SCHIP. So, when a parent loses a job here, the kids are likely to suffer more here than they would in a place like Alabama.

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