My Story: "For 7 Years, I've Had No Health Insurance"
Freelance writer Nida Khan, who is asthmatic, is the first to admit that, despite the fact that she’s been without health insurance for 7 years, she’s been extremely lucky.
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“Even though I’ve had my share of annoying health issues to deal with, including difficulties buying my inhalers, there are so many other much-more-horrible stories out there of people suffering needlessly, and dying, just because they didn’t have coverage.”
Nida’s story is one that the 48 million uninsured people in this country can immediately identify with. A study conducted at the Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance (released in 2009) found that nearly 45,000 deaths a year are associated with lack of health insurance. According to its data, uninsured working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those who are insured.