Focus Point - The UninsuredCommentary by Pete du Pont
December 07, 2001
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. You'll soon see more stories about people losing medical insurance.
How can this be? Well, in large measure because people choose it.
This is a very un-p.c. notion, but eminently provable.
During the last decade, the uninsured have increased among affluent households - by a third in households with annual incomes above $50,000. Meanwhile, virtually all children from low-income families are eligible for medicaid or state programs -- yet the parents of almost eight million eligible children didn't enroll them.
In addition to the uninsured children are the forty percent of uninsured young adults -- 15 million between the ages of 18 and 34. Those two groups -- among the healthiest segments of the population -- together account for more than half of the uninsured.
So good health, personal consumption preferences and the availability of charity and emergency room care are among the factors leading many to stay uninsured -- by choice.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. Visit the NCPA website at www.ncpa.org to learn more. I'm Pete du Pont, and I'll see you next time.