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The Healthcare Divide: Unfair Financial Burdens

Our healthcare system is characterized by divisions. The insured receive more care than the uninsured, who are often priced out of needed medical care. Even among the insured, the healthy are divided from the sick, leaving the sick to shoulder large financial burdens. The burden of paying for healthcare divides people by income, with those at the lower income levels paying the largest share of income for healthcare. Until we overcome these divisions in our healthcare system, the challenge of achieving affordable, universal healthcare coverage will continue to elude us.