In my earlier post, Bad Medicine, between the post itself and subsequent updates, I went back and forth about the numbers of uninsured, moving from 8% t 15%. According to Larry Elder, it turns out my original estimate and my later estimate may both have been right, since the numbers depend on the time of day and the nature of the population you’re examining:
Nearly 50 million “Americans” lack health-care insurance. At least, director Michael Moore makes this claim in “Sicko,” his new “documentary” about America’s supposedly awful health-care system.
Nearly 50 million Americans without health-care insurance? For what it’s worth, the Centers for Disease Control puts the number of uninsured at 43.6 million, and the Census Bureau at 44.8 million.
First, understand that lack of health-care “insurance” does not mean a lack of health care. Many emergency rooms, by law, provide medical care to anyone who walks in, whether an illegal or legal resident of this country.
Second, when Moore asserts that 50 million Americans lack health care insurance, he most assuredly includes some of the estimated 11 million to 20 million illegal aliens living here. Of people born in America, 86 percent have health-care coverage. For non-citizens, only 57 percent have health-care insurance.
Now examine those who lack health-care insurance.
Nearly half go without health insurance only for four months or less, usually while between jobs. Others with employment could easily add health-care insurance through their work for a very small premium. Many without health-care insurance consist of young people (18 million uninsured are between the ages of 18 and 34) who consider themselves — given their youth and good health — unlikely to face large health-care costs.
Over 14 million of the uninsured, according to the Census Bureau, live in households earning $50,000 or more annually. Over 7 million are in households earning more than $75,000 a year. These people could afford health-care insurance, either out-of-pocket or by making minor adjustments to their lifestyles. A small number of the uninsured include criminals. Should taxpayers provide health care for them, as well?
Michael Moore seems to have mastered lies, damn lies and statistics.
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