The following post is a snip from the book, The Truth About Obamacare by Sally C. Pipes.
Throughout the healthcare debate, Democrats repeated ad nauseam that there were 46.3 million people in the U.S. who lacked health insurance and that the only way to deal with this crisis was through government-provided insurance. That 46.3 million figure comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS).
So who makes up this number?
- 14 million are already eligible for Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), but choose not to enroll.
- 9.7 million, or 21%, earn more than $75,000 a year which means they could afford to buy their own insurance at current rates, but choose not to.
- 6 million, 13%, are eligible for employer sponsored insurance, but don’t opt-in.
- 5.2 million illegal immigrants, or 11.2% were counted as without health insurance.
- 5 million, or 10.8%, are recent legal immigrants, who may not yet have chosen to buy health insurance.
Assuming some overlap in these numbers, there are only 10 million United States citizens who lack affordable health care options, a much less scary figure-especially if we bear in mind that even those who can’t afford insurance still have access to health care. Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), passed back in 1986, virtually all hospitals must provide emergency care to anyone needing treatment, regardless of their citizenship or ability to pay.
The CPS went on to report that its numbers most likely underreport the number of individuals who have health insurance.
The CPS also admits that many of those reporting they do not have insurance were only experiencing a short-term interruption in coverage. In other words, at any given point in time, people are uninsured for short periods, but not chronically without insurance.
The Universal Healthcare Law must be repealed as soon as possible before it helps destroy the economy, ration health care and eliminate life saving drugs, medical techniques and equipment from ever being created. ~A.W. Chuck.
Replace, Repeal, Restore….NOW.
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