Among the reasons given for "Health Care Reform" in the United States is the number of uninsured. You've probably heard the claims. President Obama says there are 47 Million Americans who are uninsured. Sometimes the claim is that 47 Million Americans don't have access to health care. I've even been told that about 50 million people can't afford health insurance. None of those claims are true but they appear to be based on U.S. Census information from 2007 and are cited by those who want to increase government control over our lives and limit our health care choices. They are telling you lies to control your life more completely.
What did the Census say? Well, in the report "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007" we find out that:
A person was considered uninsured if "they were not covered by any type of health insurance at any time in that year." Huh? At any time? So, if someone leaves a job where they were covered by health insurance...doesn't bother to pay the COBRA payment...loses their coverage...then gets new coverage at their new job when it kicks in 90 days later...they're still counted as uninsured? Really?
About 15% of the U.S. population was uninsured (see above) and that number has been relatively stable for at least 20 years. That also means that 85%, a very clear majority, are covered.
Instead of 47 Million, the report actually says it's just under 46 Million uninsured. So, already a lie. Does that make a difference? I think it does, but before you write to me about job losses and the effect on coverage...don't. There are no reliable statistics newer than the 2007 report so I'm gonna go with that for now. The President and Congress are telling you lies.
Roughly 10 Million of the uninsured are illegal aliens or other non-citizens...so, when President Obama says there are 47 Million Americans who are uninsured HE IS TELLING YOU A LIE. By the way, I'm not saying we should deny care to people just because they are here illegally but I don't think we should turn health care upside down based on LIES or for the benefit of non-citizens. I also don't think the American Taxpayer should be left paying the bill. Therefore, I've proposed a solution for handling health care for illegal aliens.
About 25% of the uninsured or just over 12 Million of the uninsured are currently eligible for Medicaid or S-CHIP but have not enrolled. Depending on State eligibility requirements regarding income and other factors, the number eligible but unenrolled may be as high 20 Million. Why are they unenrolled? It doesn't matter why since they will be automatically enrolled if they go to a hospital for care. Saying we need to allow government to take over our health care because these people can't afford or can't access care is just a LIE. It's there for the taking right now without any new legislation.
The remaining 16-24 Million or so? Well, some are definitely not able to afford coverage and are not currently eligible for existing programs. However, there are at least a few million who can afford coverage but choose not to have it. For example, the Census data shows there are 9.1 Million uninsured people in households making $75,000 or more.
In order to gain the support of the people, the President and Congress...not to mention their willing accomplices in the press, have intentionally lied to make you believe the problem is much larger than it really is and that the ONLY solution is more government. If the President and Congress have to lie about the uninsured what else are they fudging? How can they be trusted to handle our health care? How can they be trusted to spend TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS? Fight back, call your representatives. Send them letters. TELL THEM TO STOP TELLING YOU LIES.