Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Health care concerns in Michigan
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Chief Medical Correspondent
Today, I spent the day in snowy Michigan. Truth is I love it here. You see, Michigan is home for me. I grew up here. We lived in several cities around the state, including Dearborn, Livonia, Novi, Ann Arbor and Chelsea. My parents still live in Michigan and my only sibling, a brother who is 10 years younger, lived here till just a couple of years ago. So, my heart is still in Michigan, which is why it is difficult to watch what has happened here over the past several years. Sitting in the National Coney Island diner in Warren, I couldn't believe the number of people who came over to me to just chat. Many had lost their jobs recently. And, it seems, almost all of them were concerned about health insurance.
As things stand now, more than a million people in Michigan aren't covered at all. And, for those who have insurance, the premiums are starting to become prohibitively high. While nearly 70 percent of the people who have insurance get it through their employer, even that is in jeopardy as more and more employers are leaving the state. So, how do you solve this problem? Is the answer to abolish employer-based coverage or to force insurance companies to become more competitive when vying for big corporation's business? In Michigan, this is the most important domestic issue voters say they face (Dr. Gupta discusses the candidate's health care plans - watch video here).
I am committed to making sure you have the knowledge you need about the health care crisis in this country as the presidential election approaches. Make sure to tune in for my special "Broken Government Critical Condition" on Thursday, January 31 at 11 p.m. ET.
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