January 8, 2014
Living Poor and Uninsured in a Red State

When Claudia, a mother of seven who lives in a Dallas suburb, feels sick, she doesn’t bother trying to make a doctor’s appointment. Without health insurance, even a simple consultation would cost more than a day’s pay.
“I just take something over the counter or wait till I can’t take it anymore,” she told me.
One such time occurred in 2002, when she had a complication after a gallbladder surgery.
“I was home for six days when I started to be in pain again,” she said. “I had just been in the hospital, so I was holding it off because I was worried that they’d send me another thousand-dollar bill.”
Read more. [Image: Eric Gay/AP]

Living Poor and Uninsured in a Red State

When Claudia, a mother of seven who lives in a Dallas suburb, feels sick, she doesn’t bother trying to make a doctor’s appointment. Without health insurance, even a simple consultation would cost more than a day’s pay.

“I just take something over the counter or wait till I can’t take it anymore,” she told me.

One such time occurred in 2002, when she had a complication after a gallbladder surgery.

“I was home for six days when I started to be in pain again,” she said. “I had just been in the hospital, so I was holding it off because I was worried that they’d send me another thousand-dollar bill.”

Read more. [Image: Eric Gay/AP]

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