July 29, 2009

What he said

Whenever I hear the "40+ million people don't have health insurance", I want to punch whoever said it in the mouth. Hard. Because it's balderdash. Daylight's Mark explains:

On the 47 million people without health insurance point, that too is a statistic where there is less than meets the eye. First, health insurance does not equal health care (there are not just emergency rooms but cash-based clinics, and conversely, a lot of people with insurance donít get good health care). Second, of that 47 million, 14 million are already eligible for existing programs (Medicare, Medicaid, veteransí benefits, SCHIP) yet have not enrolled, 9.7 million are not citizens, 9.1 million have household incomes over $75,000 and could but choose not to purchase insurance, and somewhere between 3 and 5 million are uninsured briefly(<2 months) between jobs. That leaves about 10 million Americans who are chronically without insurance. Needless to say, extending the blanket of coverage to this group should not cost $1.5 trillion and require a wholesale overhaul of all of medicine.

I can already hear the "But-but-but YOU WANT PEOPLE TO DIE!!!" emanating from the overused pieholes of some our less lucid citizens. Be aware that if I wanted any more shit out of you, I'd squeeze your head.

Thanks to Megan for the link.

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That leaves about 10 million Americans who are chronically without insurance.


Whose fault is that and why does the federal government have to solve it? What need is there for private charities if government satisfies every need? What of the free choice to not waste money on health insurance when one is young single and poor?

It does not follow that because I am OK with 10 million chronically uninsured that I want people to die. Nor does it follow that they will obediently die because of my lack of interest in their condition.

Posted by: Professor Hale at August 3, 2009 11:38 AM