Sadly, one of the interesting stories coming out of the Colorado shootings last week is what is going to become of the shootings victims who have health insurance that’s inadequate for their care or no health insurance at all:
Some of the victims fighting for their lives after being wounded in last week’s Colorado theater rampage may face enormous medical bills without the benefit of health insurance.
The U.S. doesn’t have universal health coverage, though hospitals are required by federal law to stabilize patients during emergencies without regard to their ability to pay. The Obama administration’s health care overhaul would cover millions more uninsured, but Republicans strongly object to its cost.
Members of the public have contributed nearly $2 million to help victims, including the Warner Bros. studio that released the Batman movie that was showing when the gunman opened fire. But it’s not clear how much of that money will cover medical expenses.
One victim’s family is already raising money online.
Are you uninsured or underinsured? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!
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