See above. People who are underemployed and can't afford health care (or can't get it due to pre-existing conditions) "deserve" to die.
Everyone dies Samira. Lay off the vague touchy-feely crap. Do they all "deserve" to die? It's a stupid and meaningless word to use in this context. I'm not talking about what people deserve. I think it's irrelevant to this discussion. People don't get sick because they "deserve it". That's a moronic idea that imposes some kind of moral choice into random events.
I found out recently that an acquaintance died of a kidney infection. It boggles my mind that people are dying of infections in the United States in 2012 because they feel they can't assume the burden of debt incurred going to a doctor. In the end, of course, it cost all of us some amount of money greater than zero, because a friend came to check on her, found her delirious, and took her to the ER. It was too late, but you know, being a human being and all he didn't have a choice in the matter.
And did that acquaintance have health insurance? Do you think it would have helped? Most people who develop conditions like that don't fail to go to the doctor because they can't afford it, but because they don't want to go to the doctor. I realize that this is a side issue here, but if we're going to talk about people who don't go to see a doctor until their conditions worsen to a life threatening level, it's fair to point out that this doesn't have nearly as much to do with availability of health insurance as some suggest.
And I'll point out as I have many times before, that if we had the kind of direct payer system we had prior to the rise of comprehensive insurance, anyone who felt sick could easily and cheaply walk into their local doctors office and talk to their doctor and get an opinion/examination/whatever as needed. Because we've created this monolithic system, with massive costs and paperwork most people avoid going to see a doctor at all, even when they do have insurance, until they're in extreme pain. People don't just call their doctor up and describe their symptoms and get some advice right then like they used to. It's all so regimented and regulated and mandated that most people try to avoid involving themselves until and unless they have to.
Your acquaintance would probably be alive today if we had the kind of health care in this country that I'm advocating for. He probably would not have done any better under even the most socialized of systems.