The danger hiding in any debate or discussion about modern American health care is the number of people who will be or are impacted with a family member under going serious medical issues.
Congress and budget experts put the magic number of any great change to exiting ObamaCare at 22 million people.
But who is talking about the total impact to homes and families who are caught up in this new struggle for good health care?
Below is my attempt to pull numbers out of the shadows for the total impact to our American way of life.
West Kentucky Health Care Emotional Costs
The 15 counties of West Kentucky had 309,000 emergency rooms visits. Presently medical costs are greatly covered by the safety nets like Medicaid through KyConnect, employer and private insurance and hospitals.
These 309,000 primary ER patients have an average of 1,236,000 grandparents, 618,000 children and 309,000 life partners. These are the numbers of the wider circle of suffering to medical costs.
In West Kentucky, some 2,000,000 family direct and indirect members are being impacted through medical family problems. These family members suffer loss of time, loss of work, loss of jobs, loss of college access, and loss of retirements.
National Health Care Emotional Costs
That part of health care debate in Congress that deals with the horrible life disruption of immediate family and extended family members is often pushed into the shadows of modern medical life care. In a real sense, the transition is from the middle class into the medical care class with a direct impact to the family units involved.
Twenty two (22) million people national equals some 88 million grand parents, 44 million children, and 22 million life partner of the patient.
If Congress persists in closing off health care for 22 million Americans another 154 million Americans will share the pain of lack of medical care in the United States. The current Congress may be writing its own epitaph if a disruptive wave of massive losses of access to affordable health care brings on loss of access to college, loss of jobs, loss of retirement, loss of homes.
The answer to the question, "Can modern America survive this wave of disruption to the American life without massive repercussions?" is that we will survive and yes, there will be massive repercussions.
But the broader question we in American politics should be asking is What happens to what was predicted to be a massive transfer of retirement wealth from the last parts of American middle class to their families becomes a transfer into the coffers of the new medical-pharmaceutical-industry.
Then what becomes to our future as a people?