Who are the Uninsured Health Care Counterpoint

What are some facts and who are those Americans with Uninsured Health Care:

(Most figures come from an annual report issued by the United States Census Bureau)

  1. There are 46.3 million (15.4% of population) in 2008
  2. 36-39 million of uninsured (78-85%) are naturalized citizens
  3. 14.8 million uninsured Hispanics (32.1% of Hispanics)
  4. 7.4 million blacks (19.5% of blacks) lack insurance
  5. 8.1 million children (under 18 yrs) are uninsured
  6. 8.0 million young adults (18-24 yrs) are uninsured
  7. 70% uninsured non-citizens live in California, Texas, Florida, New York
  8. 13.5 million uninsured make below $25,000/yr income
  9. 14.5 million uninsured make $25,000-$49,000/yr income
  10. 8.5 million uninsured make $50,000-$75,000/yr income
  11. 9.1 million uninsured make above $75,000/yr income
  12. 20% of uninsured are able but elect not to collect insurance
  13. 25% of uninsured are eligible for public insurance, but elect not
  14. 56% of uninsured need financial assistance
  15. 5 million uninsured are uninsurable because of pre-existing conditions
  16. The per capita spending on 46 million uninsured is about half that of the 253 million insured
  17. 83 million (27.8% of population) is covered by public government insurance

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Australia and United States Cane Toads Counterpoint

Australia and the United States have a common problem, cane toads. However they are not as well known in the United States as in Australia; also not as extensive a problem. Cane Toads are found in habitats ranging from sand dunes and coastal heath to the margins of mangroves. They are most abundant in open clearings in urban areas, and in grasslands and woodlands. You can encounter and hear them in Florida.


Cane Toads eat almost anything they can swallow, including pet food, and household scraps, but most of their food is living insects. Beetles, honeybees, ants, winged termites, crickets and bugs eaten in abundance. Marine snails, smaller toads and native frogs, small snakes, and small mammals are occasionally eaten by Cane Toads. Because the toads are poisonous, they can kill would-be predators, and therefore have limited predators.

The Cane Toad (a.k.a. Marine Toad or Giant Toad; Bufo marinus) is the largest of the frogs and toads found in Florida. The cane toad is not native to the United States.


 Before 1935, Australia did not have any toad species of its own. What the country did have however, was a major beetle problem. Two species of beetles in particular, French’s Cane Beetle and the Greyback Cane Beetle, were in the process of decimating the northeastern state of Queensland’s sugar cane crops. The anticipated solution to this quickly escalating problem came in the form of the cane toad. The plan backfired completely. Everyone in Australia is in agreement that the cane toads have got to go. A government project involved sending Australian ecologists to the cane toad’s native habitat to determine if there was a specific reason why the toad was not a pest in its original environment. To control the cane toad, one might say, is not that easy?

One group “Kimberley Toad Busters” is a totally volunteer group on the ground fighting to stop the cane toad from crossing into Western Australia. Toad Busting ‘Educational’ training sessions, overcoming cultural boundaries, and families united in the effort to stop the cane toad are the resounding results of the united effort; this brings people together for a good positive force of commitment and concern.

  Learn more about the cane toad. 

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