Nearly 59 million lack health insurance - Health - Health care - msnbc.com "The findings have implications for U.S. healthcare reform efforts." "Republicans who just took control of the House of Representatives last week have vowed to derail the new law by cutting off the funds for it, and some want to repeal it." "The analysis found that in the first quarter of 2010, an estimated 59.1 million people had no health insurance." "More than 80 percent were adults aged 18 to 64. People over 65 are eligible for Medicare, the federal health insurance plan for the elderly." [Note - and these are some of the same s.o.b's many of whom hobbled "lickity split" on down to their polling places to vote against "big government".] "Now, the data also allow us to debunk two myths about health care coverage:" "The first myth is that it's only the poor who are uninsured." "And... many people argue that only the healthy risk going without health insurance....more than two out of five individuals who are uninsured at some point during the past year had one or more chronic diseases and this is based on just a partial list of chronic diseases..." "People with such conditions often end up in emergency rooms and require treatment, paid for by hospitals or taxpayers, that is far more expensive than getting proper preventive care would have been."