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Wealthier Americans Now Receive Much More Health Care than Middle Class or Poor, Reversing a 50-year Trend: Harvard Study


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Wealthier Americans Now Receive Much More Health Care than Middle Class or Poor, Reversing a 50-year Trend: Harvard Study

WASHINGTON - Inequality in the use of health care has increased dramatically in recent years, with wealthier Americans, who tend to be healthier, now consuming the most care, according to a study published today [Wednesday, July 6] in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Interesting, but it stopped before full implementation of the ACA. One of the significant parts of that is the provision of preventive care, and I understand poorer people, with subsidized insurance or access to expanded Medicaid, have been more likely to go for checkups and screening tests, and less likely to rely on more-expensive emergency-room services. Note also that the top quintile started at $125,000 for a family of 3, which is really quite middle class these days.


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It is sad that since Reagan we have seen a disparity of wealth and the standard of living in every aspect of life, not just health care. Trickle Down economics was in fact Trickle Up that turned into Gushing Up Economics. Well that well pushing wealth up is running dry and the lower 80% are seeing benefits like health care and other safety nets disappear. They are angry. On the right, the Trump Revolt has risen, on the left, the Bernie Revolution. Universal Care will go a long way to quell the rising tempers.