Re: Healthcare … How many “uninsured” Americans are there? Answer: Not 47 million.

Ken’s Take: This isn’t new news, but it continues to be overlooked in the press and in Presidential speeches.  About 1/3 of “uninsureds” aren’t US citizens; about 1/3 are young and gainfully employed who choose to self-insure.  That leaves about 15 million who need to be taken care of.  Why aren’t “they” more truthful with the numbers?

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Excerpted from IBD, “The Phantom Uninsured”, June 16, 2009

Team Obama uses the “46 million uninsured” as a reason to nationalize health care. But the Census Bureau says about a fifth of those aren’t U.S. citizens. In fact, a goodly number are illegal aliens.

According to “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,” a Census Bureau report published last August, of the 45.6 million persons in the U.S. that did not have health insurance at some point in 2007, 9.7 million, or about 21%, were not U.S. citizens.

Also among the uninsured are 17 million Americans who live in households where the annual income exceeds $50,000; 7 million of those without coverage have incomes of $75,000 a year or more. Many of the uninsured are young and healthy (40% are between ages 18 and 34) and at this point in their lives, particularly in this economy, choose to put their dollars elsewhere

“Why the lack of insurance (among people who own homes and computers)? One clue is that 60% reported being in excellent health or very good health.”

“For many, being uninsured is a transitory state, since most uninsured Americans are only without coverage for a short time.” In fact, a Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, found  that only 19 million Americans go without insurance for a full year.

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One Response to “Re: Healthcare … How many “uninsured” Americans are there? Answer: Not 47 million.”

  1. Mike Says:

    … therefore, it should be relatively inexpensive for the government to cover young uninsured people. What happens if a young unisured person is involved in a major accident? Too bad, so sad. We’re the richest country on earth and we don’t want to provide health care coverage for everybody in the country. We’d rather spend twenty some percent of GDP on the largest military on earth instead of health care for our own people. That’s really wrong. Our military budget is 50% of the total military budget on earth? We’re clearly the most paranoid country in our solar system.

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