Faces of the Uninsured

September 20th, 2009, by

46 million Americans do not have health insurance. They have jobs, pay taxes, send their children to daycare, keep a roof over their heads and live in fear that a medical disaster is just around the corner.

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.

Madera Glenn, 60

“I feel pitiful and embarrassed to be in this situation.”

Courtney J. Hixon, 26

“Things cannot stay the same.”

Lindsey “Bing” Perrine, 26

“We need to stand together and fight for a change.”

Summer Pendle, 32

“Life without health insurance is terrifying.”

Carl Albert, 32

“I haven’t had any routine care, which may impact my life in the future.”

Christa Vasquez, 31

“I have a pre-existing condition and nobody will approve me.”

Alaina Ronewicz, 23

“Everyone should have access to food, clean drinking water, and affordable health insurance.”


See more faces of the uninsured.

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.”


“Adults make up more than their share of the uninsured because they are less likely than children to be eligible for Medicaid — especially young adults whose low incomes make it more difficult to afford coverage.”
SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation

“The United States spent approximately $2.2 trillion on health care in 2007, or $7,421 per person–nearly twice the average of other developed nations. Americans spend more on health care than on housing or food.”
SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office

“The fraction of Americans without insurance varies substantially across ages, with the highest rates among young adults and the lowest rates among the elderly, virtually all of whom are covered by Medicare.”
SOURCE: Council of Economic Advisors

“More than eight in ten of the uninsured are in working families–about 70% are from families with one or more full-time workers and 12% are from families with part-time workers.”
SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation

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