Daily Archives: August 11, 2009

How many American citizens are uninsured?

It has been reported, and the President just repeated it, that there are 47 million people in the United States who are uninsured.

But I am trying to verify that number and here’s a breakdown given in Business and Media.org that breaks it down like this:

  • 10 million not citizens
  • 8.3 million uninsured people who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and
  • 8.74 million who make more than than $75,000 a year.
  • That’s roughly 17 million people who ought to be able to “afford” health insurance because they make substantially more than the median household income of $46,326.

So what is the true extent of the uninsured “crisis?” The Kaiser Family Foundation, a liberal non-profit frequently quoted by the media,

  • puts the number of uninsured Americans who do not qualify for current government programs and make less than $50,000 a year between 13.9 million and 8.2 million. That is a much smaller figure than the media report.

This is a prime example of why people DO NOT believe what they are being told by this administration about the reform of health care/health insurance reform.  The term has changed from care to insurance during the last month.  And so that begs to question, instead of a complete overhaul of the system, why not find a way to cover these 8 to 13 million uninsured Americans?

Posted:  08.11.09

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