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June 11, 2012


"NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Millions of young adults are forgoing necessary care and treatment because of rising health care costs, a report said Friday.

"In fact, 41% of young adults between age 19 and 29 failed to get medical care in a recent 12-month period because of cost, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey. Among uninsured adults, the number rose to 60%."

This makes no sense at all. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 should be very healthy and require a minimum of health care costs. Why do millions of young adults need necessary care and treatment? Is it because they are abusing their bodies with drugs, alcohol, smoking, overeating? Most of these uninsured young adults could afford minimal health-care maintenance, such as dental and eye care and medical checkups if their priorities were set straight. They will find money for video entertainment, clothes, and fast food, but will not put anything away to cover health-care maintenance. It is too easy to neglect ones body during those years when your mind believes that you will live forever.

America is a Second-Rate Nation, not just because of our unaffordable health-care costs, but because of our failing sense of purpose.

"Drawing on ample comparative evidence, this book shows that America lags significantly behind other advanced countries in health care, education, crime, civil liberties, racial and ethnic equality, environmental protection, and key features of the economy, including persistent poverty. The gap extends even to some surprising areas: press freedom and democratic representation."

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