Thursday, June 28, 2012

Health Care Reform, AHA/Obamacare fuzzy numbers

I wrote this July 21st 2009 trying to figure out the numbers the Administration was putting out about the number of uninsured Americans.  I figured with the ruling to day i would re-post it to help remind people that 'we' where tricked.
I read that President Obama said that 46 million Americans are not insured today and that number seemed a little off to me so I did some looking.

I found that the National Coalition on Health Care (linked below) has done some research and it appears this is the information the Administration is using to help scare us in to spending trillions of tax payer dollars every year.

Here are some of the highlights:

"Nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2007, the latest government data available."

OH NO! That's a large portion of our population!!!

"The large majority of the uninsured (80 percent) are native or naturalized citizens."

What other kind of citizens are there? None that I know about so 20% of the uninsured are in fact not Americans (at least not yet), so 20% of 46 million is about 9 million so really 37 million Americans are not insured. Still a huge portion of people.

"The number of uninsured children in 2007 was 8.1 million or 10.7 percent of all children in the U.S."

OH NO THE KIDS!!! THEY NEED THEIR PROZAC!!! Wait now... If I'm not mistaken many if not all states offer some sort of medical coverage to uninsured children providing their parent(s) meet the income requirements and well if you cannot afford insurance for your child chances are you do. Based on that there goes another 7 million off of the 46 million total. Now we are at 30 million still a large portion of Americans.

"The percentage and the number of uninsured Hispanics increased to 32.1 percent and 15 million in 2007"

At the risk of sounding non-PC here, could that fall in to the native or naturalized citizens? Nothing changes here just because there is no clarification on that issue.

"Nearly 40 percent of the uninsured population reside in households that earn $50,000 or more. A growing number of middle-income families cannot afford health insurance payments even when coverage is offered by their employers."

This is where it all falls apart really. If your family make $50,000 a year you can afford to get insurance regardless of weather your employer offers it. If you fall in this group then it is my humble opinion that you would rather spend your money on other things than health care. Which is fine you have that right just don't come to me asking me to help pay for your liver transplant or what ever. The other possible reason is that you may have had to switch companies and cannot get into new insurance because of pre-existing conditions. That is a problem which does need looked into. So okay, 40% of 46 million is roughly 18 million taking into consideration some of them fall into the pre-existing condition category. So now we are down to 19 million.

19 million uninsured Americans that want to be insured, is still horrible but I also wonder now many of these 19 million are left over are on welfare and also collecting health care from the state. I think it is safe to say about half. I am absolutely positive one could further reduce that number with much more research that I am not able to do because well I have already proven my point that the numbers the President, his Administration and Supporters are quoting are outlandish. It is a scare tactic folks, we fell for it before do let them fool us again!

It is possible some of my assumptions are off and welcome someone to correct me.

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