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We Are the 99 Percent Underscores Coverage Plight

We Are the 99 Percent is a collection of personal experiences highlighting the everyday troubles of Americans who, according to the Tumblr, “are the 99 percent. We are everyone else.” What is alarming is the number of posts that allude to the vicious cycle that is health coverage and unemployment/financial hardship.

I am a 32 year old cancer patient who works in a factory to pay for my meds.

I am a match to donate a kidney to a friend. I am also unemployed & have no health insurance (laid off of my job of 20 years). Was told by the hospital, largest in MD, & friend’s health insurer, largest in the nation, that I must pay for pre-op exams.

I am a single mom to 2 kids.
I’m lucky enough to have a job
Monthly insurance premiums: $900
Daycare costs to work? $1200/month
No child support.
I still have $40,000 in student loan debt.
I have no savings.
I have no retirement.
I don’t have a house.
I don’t know how I’ll pay my bills this month.
I don’t know how I’ll put my kids through college.


I have too many health problems to work full-time so I must choose between rent and food.

Health Care for American Now determined that out of 546 posts, nearly half (262) mention health issues, ranging from medication and treatment costs and inability to pay premium costs. With high unemployment/uninsured rates and a shrinking middle class, these problems will not subside in the near future, but the proper implementation of health reform can begin to help.