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UNINSURED nametag

Let others know you too are uninsured!
 
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It looks like the sort of nametag you get at a corporate event (you know, "Hello! My name is...").

But when people look closer, they see what it really says is: "Hello! I have no health insurance."

It should probably be a pin (more durable than a sticker) and it should probably include an easy to read URL where people can go to get statistics on the growing number of Americans who have no insurance.

If these were easy to get and even a fraction of uninsured people wore one you could probably count on seeing one in every subway car, at every bus stop, on every flight, etc. That would lead to press which in turn would lead to frank discussion of the lack of affordable coverage in the US.

subpixel, Jan 05 2004

Sucks to be you! http://news.bbc.co....mericas/3136522.stm
It's all fun and games until you slip and fall. [subpixel, Oct 04 2004]

But it's not my problem. http://www.cnn.com/...sured.community.ap/
Wait a second, yes it is! [subpixel, Oct 04 2004]

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       I must admit, I enjoy living in Canada for this exact reason. However, I don't enjoy the damn winter weather!
v0rtexx, Jan 06 2004
  

       //It should probably be a pin//   

       If you're uninsured, the sticker's safer. Don't risk infection with a pin.
Amos Kito, Jan 06 2004
  

       Maybe a patch. Or a custom t-shirt. Of course, if you wore that t-shirt all the time you'd be saying something else, too..."Hi! I have a limited wardobe and not-so-limited body odur!"
Eugene, Jan 07 2004
  

       Let them die and decrease the surplus population, so I'd stick with a pin, and maybe they could walk on icy roads with it?
vaporboy, Jan 07 2004
  

       Wouldn't this put the wearer at risk of substandard emergency medical treatment?
snarfyguy, Jan 07 2004
  

       ...to go with your UNINSURED bumper stickers (front and rear of car please).   

       (is this a mild social rant disguised as an idea?)
rbl, Jan 07 2004
  

       Britain 1 America 0
dobtabulous, Jan 07 2004
  

       I don't think it would work. The people that have insurance already won't care and the people that don't already know that they don't so making them wear a pin isn't telling them anything.
Madcat, Jan 07 2004
  

       I'm sure Britain is on more than 1.
hidden truths, Apr 25 2005
  

       Ooh. Name tags. There's an original idea.
bristolz, Apr 25 2005
  

       The idea of walking in to a health care facility, and have to pay them anything at all is so very strange. In Canada, doctor's offices and hospitals have no credit card readers, Interac devices, cash drawers or registers. No one sends you a bill in the mail. All you have to do is show your heath card, which simply proves your identity.   

       Outsiders are often amused with the strange impression in the USA that laws are a force of nature; this from a country born by revolution! Do something about it, ya wimps!   

       Why is there a lack of universal health care in the USA?
BladeDanger, Apr 26 2005
  

       Good question. I don't know but I do know that what we have now is headed for crisis if it isn't, in fact, already in crisis.   

       I also know that privitization is making inroads in Canada (Bill 11, Alberta) and that there are many complaints of vastly overcrowded medical and trauma facilities in Canada, so don't boast too loudly.   

       I'm curious about what, if any, differences in care quality there is between a nationalized system and a private one. I'm sure that it varies from doctor to doctor but what the average health care differences might be.   

       When I lived overseas and was a patient in a nationalized plan, I wasn't too impressed with the medical care but the dental care was fantastic.
bristolz, Apr 26 2005
  
      
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