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Is it REALLY about 8 million without insurance?

1. There is a difference between health care and health insurance. Everyone has access to health care. They may not have health insurance, but the law mandates everyone who shows up at emergency rooms must be treated, insurance or not.

2. 46 million in America lack health insurance. The "in America" reference, as opposed to writing "46 million Americans," is an important point because of those 46 million without insurance, an estimated 10 million or so are non-U.S. citizens, most living in this country illegally.

3. Millions can apparently afford health insurance but for whatever reason choose to not buy it. In 2007, an estimated 17.6 million of the uninsured made more than $50,000 per year, and more than 9 million of those made more than $75,000. According to researcher and author Sally Pipes, 38 percent of the U.S. uninsured population earn more than $50,000 per year.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Aug. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • 3. Young workers often just don't think about health insurance. The Census figures show that 18.3 million of the uninsured were under 34 who may simply not think about the need for insurance.

    4. Government health insurance programs currently exist that aren't being used. A 2003 Blue
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • 5.  Many children who should be insured aren't.   This study by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute shows that 7 out of every 10 kids who lacks insurance could get it if their parents simply enrolled in current government programs.


    6.   Millions lose health insurance only temporarily through the year.   The CBO has estimated that millions who fall into the uninsured category are those who have lost or left jobs and they will regain insurance once they return to work.


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:42 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • <p>According to the American Spectator article citing <a href="http://www.coverageforall.org/pdf/BC-BS_Uninsured-America.pdf"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>this Blue Cross study</strong></span></a>, the 46 million figure should actually be closer to about <a href="http://www.coverageforall.org/pdf/BC-BS_Uninsured-America.pdf"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>8 million truly uninsured</strong></span></a>.  Too many are simply non-US citizens, not paying for insurance because they choose not to or feel too young to need it, or simply are not signing up for programs for which they are eligble.</p>

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:43 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • I guess some people just love the socialist life and can't wait to squash everything America stands for!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • 5. Many children who should be insured aren't. This study by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute shows that 7 out of every 10 kids who lacks insurance could get it if their parents simply enrolled in current government programs

    You mean the programs that are currently not accepting new members and are dropping current members due to lack of funding? Healthy families here in Cali just got half of their funding cut by Arnold. Meaning you can add a million kids to that uninsured # as of this month. There is a one-two year waiting list as well.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • CA is not the entire country. Medicaid funding has been expanded in most states. Maybe if CA stopped funding illegals, they would have the money to cover their citizens.

    I have many friends who have gone without health insurance for their families for years, even though they could afford it. Some even are offered inexpensive policies through work and turn them down! My neighbor's kids are eligible for Medicaid, she just doesn't want to take the time a fill out the paperwork.

    So yeah, I see it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • the problem with government programs is that people are ashamed to use it because people call them leeches or they dont use them because the government is no longer accepting new members to the programs.

    free health care would not look so great if the government over hauled the programs that they already have and if insurance companies did not charge outrageous amounts for their insurance. people who you think could get health care for their families through the government cant because if they make one cent over the budget guidelines they no longer qualify for the health care. so where does that leave these families? without health insurance meaning when they get sick or hurt they clog up the er's because the ers are the only ones that have to see them.
    mrssundin

    Answer by mrssundin at 3:06 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • I have many friends who have gone without health insurance for their families for years, even though they could afford it. Some even are offered inexpensive policies through work and turn them down! My neighbor's kids are eligible for Medicaid, she just doesn't want to take the time a fill out the paperwork.

    and your friends do not make up a whole nation either.
    mrssundin

    Answer by mrssundin at 3:09 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • as 1 of those 8 million with no insurance and no chance of affording it i say yes, it is about us.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:40 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

  • Having access to emergency care is not the same as having access to health care. If an uninsured person broke his leg and showed up at an ER, yes they would get treatment. If someone needs a heart surgery or finds a lump in her breast, no they don't get treatment.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Aug. 2, 2009

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