The Obama administration uses the “46 million uninsured” as a reason to nationalize health care. But the U.S. Government's own Census Bureau says about a fifth of those aren’t U.S. citizens. In fact, a goodly number are illegal aliens.
At a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wis., recently, Obama spoke of the need to cover the “46 million people who don’t have health insurance.” At another point he simply referred to the “46 million uninsured.” At neither point did he refer to them as “Americans.” That was wise, because not all them are, the Census Bureau says.
According to “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,” a Census Bureau report (report attached - pdf) 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. The Census Bureau does not ask if anyone is here legally or illegally, so we can’t tell how many are actually illegal aliens. We do know that throughout the Southwest and elsewhere, emergency rooms have been overburdened by a continuous flood of illegal aliens.
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. The notion that the uninsured are without health care is bogus, as well. They consumed an estimated $116 billion worth of health care in 2008, according to the advocacy group Families USA.
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.
Subtract noncitizens and those who can afford their own insurance but choose not to purchase it, and the number of uninsured falls dramatically. “Many Americans are uninsured by choice,”
wrote Dr. David Gratzer in his book “The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care.” Gratzer cited a study of the “non-poor uninsured” from the California HealthCare Foundation. “Why the lack of insurance (among people who own homes and computers)?” Gratzer asks. “One clue is that 60% reported being in excellent health or very good health.” The uninsured are not always the same people, and many are without coverage only for a relatively short time. Devon Herrick, senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, notes that “Being uninsured is a transitory state, since most uninsured Americans are only without coverage for a short time.”
ROB's REAL MATH - look with me.......
46 Million - The Number used by Obama admin
9.7 million, or about 21%, were not U.S. citizens.
17 million Americans who live in households where the annual income > $50,000
7 million of those without coverage have incomes of $75,000 a year or more. ($50K and $75K are mutually exclusive)
33.7 million could be discarded from the Obama '46 million' number leaving
12 million Americans truly considerable persons for insurance assist
12 million Americans considerable of 307 million total population = 3.9%
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