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September 7, 2007

America's uninsured are in the news again, by virtue of a Census Bureau report released late last month showing that the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record 47 million or to about 16 percent of the population.  Absent from this story, however, is any meaningful breakdown that helps us understand just who is uninsured, for how long, and why, says blogger James Shott. 

According to Census data:

  • A little less than 46.6 million persons in America are uninsured, not 47 million; so, more accurately, 46.6 million are uninsured; 400 thousand people are not insignificant.
  • But the Census data also show that 9.5 million of the uninsured listed themselves as "not a citizen": they aren't Americans; the total now drops to 37.1 million, about 12 percent of the population.
  • The Census report also shows that there are 8.3 million uninsured people who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 8.74 million who make more than $75,000 a year; that's roughly 17 million people who ought to be able to "afford" health insurance.

So, 37.1, minus 8.3, minus 8.7, now leaves us with 20.1 million people without health insurance, which is approximately 7 percent of the population, a far cry from the 16 percent we have been led to believe by the socialized medicine lobby and the compliant media, who either support socialized medicine or are too lazy to actually examine these claims, says Shott.

Which brings us to the ultimate question: Does it make any sense to destroy a health care system that 5 out of 100 people do not have adequate access to?  Rational people will, of course, say "no," says Shott.

Source: James Shott, "America's Uninsured," Spero News, September 3, 2007.


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