Chart of the Day: The Killing Fields

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Via Ezra Klein, here’s an estimate from the Institute of Medicine of how many people die each year because they lack health insurance.  The number goes up every year as the population increases and the percentage of people covered by health insurance decreases, so it’s probably up to around 25,000 this year.  Seems like we ought to do something about this, doesn’t it?

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