These are the faces of the uninsured. Look at their photos. Read their stories, told in their own words. And if you are one of the 46 million Americans without health insurance, share your story with us.
City of residence: Chicago, Illinois
How long have you been uninsured?
I’ve been uninsured all my life. That’s how I grew up. No one had insurance where I grew up.
What is the reason that you are uninsured?
I never needed insurance.
How has not having health insurance impacted your life?
Not having health insurance hasn’t impacted my life in the 32 years I’ve been here. It has impacted others I know.
How do you obtain routine care?
I haven’t had any routine care, which may impact my life in the future.
What have you done/will you do in the case of an emergency?
I don’t know. 911 costs an arm and a leg.
What do you want people to know about life without health insurance?
It is hard. So without the routine care, you don’t know what you look at down the road. But all we need to do is look at those before us. I’ve seen the impact it has had on the generation before me … seeing my aunts, uncles, and older cousins, fighting for their lives … not having good health insurance.
What do you want the government to know about life without health insurance?
The government … needs to help its citizens by giving them the option of free health care.
For more on healthcare reform, tune in to PBS on Thursday, September 24th at 9pm for a 90-minute report. Tavis Smiley, NOW on PBS and Nightly Business Report are collaborating to produce the in-depth special called “PBS Special Report on Healthcare Reform.”