Commentary: How To Cover America's Uninsured

When Tamie Sue Brush's 12-year-old son, Jacob, broke his leg in a bicycle spill in late June, she had to come up with a week's worth of her wages as a janitor to pay his emergency-room bill. She doesn't know where the money will come from to provide sorely needed dental care for her 8-year-old daughter, Jessie. And when Tamie Sue's husband, John, a disabled ranch hand, broke two fingers a month ago, he set his own bones rather than spend the family's meager cash. "I don't mind working for a living. I worked all my life," says the 41-year-old Larned (Kan.) woman. "But it gets really hard."

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