The health-care crisis: Are the candidates really concerned?
Recent reports indicate that 47 million Americans were without health insurance in the summer of 2007. That is up from 44.8 million in 2006, which according to the US Census Bureau was 15.3% of the population. Meanwhile the costs of drugs, hospitalization, and doctors' visits spiral. Times are tough for the sick or for those trying to stay healthy. But the drug companies are doing well. Johnson and Johnson reportedly earned $10 billion in 2005, and Phizer with $8 billion in profits did not lag far behind.