As long as I’m on a roll blogging about the government’s responsibility for the health care “crisis”, I should point out that the “crisis” is so often imagined, and amounts primarily to political scare tactics, which are used to lull the unthinking public into accepting ever increasing State Socialism. A lot of hullabaloo is made about the “46 million Americans without health insurance,” but Norman Traverse, M.D., editor of HealthMadeEasy.com puts a slightly different spin on that propaganda
Another way of looking at the 46 million, is to say that eight-five percent of Americans have health insurance. Additionally, of that 46 million people “without health insurance”, 28 million of them (or 61% of them) earn more than $50,000 annually.
It may come as a surprise to many, but the Census Bureau data shows that the average uninsured person in the United State makes an above-average income. A great many young Americans who are financially well off and are not covered by their employer, voluntarily choose not to purchase health insurance.
A further 10 million people who are considered “uninsured” aren’t American citizens, and although this fact is not of particular importance IMO, the sleight of hand is important. Traverse does not, as does anyone else competent to speak about such things, that this doesn’t mean they can’t get emergency medical care:
Even though they don’t have health insurance there is a federal law that says that all hospital emergency rooms must treat anyone who comes into the emergency room.
The evidence suggests that many of the “uninsured” could arguably purchase coverage if they wanted to, and the rest of them are covered in the event of catastrophe, or would be covered but do not utilize some other Government program like SCHIP or Medicaid.
The populist “solution” to the “46 million” problems, is to force 28 million of them to buy something they don’t want, and to force the rest of us to pay for yet another welfare program, on top of the programs that are underutilized or ignored by those who allegedly “need” them.
Frankly, the “46 million” figure is one big lie, but it is a number which will figure prominently in the transition to health care socialism.