Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
Because the systems set up so that lots of people can't afford health care. They don't earn enough! There low wages fuel the profits of the wealthy. It's that simple. The government steps in and give some of the poorest health care. So the government is subsidizing the profits of the wealthy. On top of that the health insurance companies are so evil that they scrounge whatever they can from those they insure by denying care and demanding more money for their rapidly expanding profits.
The top 300,000 wealthiest America's earn more each year than the entire bottom half of the population. That's 150,000,000 people. They each earn 440 times more than the average American wage. And they're getting richer still.
Here's some stats showing how poor the people who keep the system propped up really are-
"1 in 4 U.S. jobs pay less than a poverty-level income.
83% of those earning $75,000 or more work for companies that offer insurance, versus 24% of those who earn less than $25,000.
51% of the uninsured are $2,000 or more in medical debt. 16% owe at least $10,000.
During the 1980s, 13% of Americans age 40 to 50 spent at least one year below the poverty line; by the 1990s, 36% did.
Since 2000, the number of Americans living below the poverty line at any one time has steadily risen. Now 13% of all Americans—37 million—are officially poor.
Among households worth less than $13,500, their average net worth in 2001 was $0. By 2004, it was down to –$1,400.
Bush’s tax cuts (extended until 2010) save those earning between $20,000 and $30,000 an average of $10 a year, while those earning $1 million are saved $42,700.
2 in 5 elderly live on less than $18,000 a year, including Social Security benefits.
The true jobless rate of black men in their 20s without a high school diploma is 72%
Since 1983, college tuition has risen 115%. The maximum Pell Grant for low- and moderate-income college students has risen only 19%.
Today, 1 in 4 sub-prime lenders are predatory, charging recipients 7% in up-front fees. Conventional or “prime” mortgage users are charged only 1%.
Nationwide, the number of payday lending outlets has risen 11,000% since 1990.
The average annual interest rate on a payday loan is more than 400%, costing borrowers $3.4 billion a year.
Credit card late fees are 194% higher than in 1994.
In 2004, 7 million working poor families spent $900 million on tax prep and check-cashing fees to get their refunds sooner."