This article was published six hours after the shooting. At that point the shooter's possible mental health issues were still unknown. But we all knew one thing about the dead killer -- that he has to be insane. We didn't need to have psychological training to know from the henious nature of this act that the perpetuator must be frickin' nuts.
By Sy Mukherjee on Dec 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm
Details about Friday’s horrific shooting spree at a Connecticut elementary school are still emerging, and it remains unknown whether the suspected shooter suffered from underlying mental health issues. But the fact remains: in America, it’s currently easier for a poor person to get a gun than it is for them to get treatment for mental health issues.
And then there’s the cost of more extensive care. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), a mere 7.1 percent of all American adults receive mental health services. Most of these Americans’ care is covered by private insurance, with children, poorer, and more elderly Americans being covered through public insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. An additional ten percent are uninsured. But out-of-pocket costs for both inpatient and outpatient mental health services remain staggeringly high: