The IOM has added its voice to the steadily rising chorus calling for aggressive steps to cover all Americans (including the 43 million currently uninsured) by 2010. Its report, "Insuring America's Health,"
can be found on-line, as can summaries of its major findings and statistics
. Fact Sheet 4 is an eye-opener: Your chances of being uninsured are higher in Texas than in any other state in the Union (28.4%). As for the impact of this initiative on public budgets, universal coverage would probably save money in the long run. Besides, considering the impact on the health, the lives, and the future of children (who account for half the uninsured), it's the right thing to do!