A new survey shows that the burden of paying for healthcare in North Carolina increasingly falls on individuals, not employers. That means that a lot more North Carolinians go through their days just hoping that they and their families don't get sick.
The report, Prognosis Worsens for Workers' Health Care, published by the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, found that the proportion of North Carolinians with job-based health insurance fell by 6.7 percent between 2000 and 2004.
In raw numbers, it means 559,000 fewer North Carolinians get health insurance in 2004 through their employer or their spouse's employer than in 2000.
"This dramatic decline in job-based health insurance has contributed directly to the growth in the state's Medicaid caseload and the surge in the ranks of the uninsured," says Adam Searing, director of the North Carolina Health Access Coalition. "Clearly we have a health-care crisis, not a Medicaid crisis."
Then there's a new poll from Elon College—in fair Elon, NC. The headline is that this President's overall approval rating in North Carolina is only 41%—down from 52% in March. It's also interesting to note that this disaffection extends to members of the military, as well.
The poll, which surveyed 539 adults Oct. 24-27 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percent, also surveyed citizen opinion on Bushâ€™s handling of the economy and the Iraq war. Thirty-seven percent approved or strongly approved of Bushâ€™s handling of the economy, down from 42 percent in a September 2004 Elon Poll but about the same as 36 percent in April 2005.
Thirty-nine percent of respondents approved or strongly approved of Bushâ€™s handling of the war in Iraq, down from 45 percent in a March 2005 Elon Poll. Fifty-seven percent disapproved or strongly disapproved of Bushâ€™s handling of the Iraqi war, up from 43 percent in March 2005.
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The poll also measured Bushâ€™s support among current or former members of the military. Fifty-six percent of those who had a military affiliation disapproved or strongly disapproved of the presidentâ€™s handling of the war in Iraq, while 41 percent approved or strongly approved. Twenty-nine percent of those with a military affiliation said the war in Iraq is not worth fighting, the same percentage as those with no military affiliation. Nineteen percent of those affiliated with the military said the war was worth fighting, compared with 14 percent among those without a military affiliation.
There are a lot more numbers and charts on the other end of that link. I try not to be a post hoc ergo propter hoc kind of guy, but it's hard for me to imagine that these numbers are entirely unrelated. We deserve better than "you're on your own" from our government when it comes to health insurance and social security.