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What factors prevent US citizens from obtaining health care on their own?

Personal note: I'm self-employed, and I have a pre-existing condition that required expensive attention...I found a job with excellent benefits with very little effort and I'm insured now. I work for myself and for an employer. Jose, my employer is a hospital..if it goes belly up, I'll work for a different hospital. Vaughn, nice answer/explanation. I have a Master's degree, to answer your question..and demand is high for my work. jkhawaja...very nice explanation too, thanks. Alex R...I'm a private contractor, and would rather not be more specific in this arena. mm, people who are disabled not only have their healthcare paid for by the government, but also are eligible for social security payments, regardless of what they've paid in. One example, children's family's receive payments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Asked By: Yahoo Answer Angel - 9/18/2007
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It really depends upon what demographic you belong to. For example... More
Answered By: jkhawaja - 9/18/2007
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Being too lazy to work and e********y to pay for health care themselves.
Answered By: Chris Cross Christ - 9/18/2007
 
It is very expensive to have your own health care and since most work for a wage, most cannot afford it.
Answered By: PeguinBackPacker - 9/18/2007
 
The number one factor is it is illegal to sell health care insurance across state lines. Democrats are against changing the law... More
Answered By: a_bush_family_member - 9/18/2007
 
You nailed it on the head I think, I have pre-exisiting conditions that prevent me from being able to buy coverage directly from insurance companies but my my job provides excellent benefits that I am able to buy without being denied.
Answered By: roadhazzards - 9/18/2007
 
Money. There are many employers who do not provide health care. Some of the ones who provide health care do not cover everything and or the employer contribute only certain %. At twice the minimum wage you can't still afford health care even if the employer contributes 50% of the cost. Not to mention that if your... More
Answered By: Jose R - 9/18/2007
 
I'm glad you found a job with excellent benefits with little effort. Out of curiosity, what's your past job experience and your education level... More
Answered By: Vaughn - 9/18/2007
 
#1 reason... ignorance of the real need for it.
Answered By: Meerkats'R'Us - 9/18/2007
 
You have it tough with your conditions that you have to work two jobs just to have health insurance, what is your self-employed job, by the way... More
Answered By: Alex R - 9/18/2007
 
I can understand a family of like 9 with no health care/insurance but a single person? thats ridiculous.
Answered By: ♥Jahpson - 9/18/2007
 
my friend has a health condition and the only job she has found at this point is working for her friend (her friend is just being kind to her) for about 15 hours a week, no benefits of course... More
Answered By: m m - 9/18/2007
 
I know people that would rather have a new car than pay for health insurance. Maybe people should examine their priorities.
Answered By: paultewing - 9/18/2007
 
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