The Uninsured Health Care Scam

There is a great recap at Power Line:

According to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans officially classified as uninsured in 2007 was 45.7 million. This figure is being used, naturally, to promote the case for radical “reform” that in practice would amount to a government takeover of the health care industry.

However, Sally Pipes, in her Sunday Examiner column, shows that the 45.7 million uninsured figure is misleading as a barometer of the state of health insurance coverage in the U.S. She identifies four groups within that figure: (1) people who will quickly transfer from one insurance plan to another, (2) illegal immigrants, (3) individuals who make more than $50,000 a year but who elect not to purchase health insurance (usually because they are young and healthy), and (4) individuals who are eligible for government assistance with their health care through programs like Medicaid and SCHIP, but who do not avail themselves of that assistance.

According to Pipes, if one subtracts these people from the 45.7 million figure, the number drops to approximately 8 million. If one adds back in those who make between $50,000 and $75,000 a year, the figure is roughly 16 million.

1.  Why in the wide, wide world of sports would the illegals in this country be included in the uninsured number if not just to inflate it?

2.  Why would inflating the number of uninsured be something a fracking government agency would do?

3.  If people are too stupid to get the government benefits (or let’s give them the benefit of the doubt – they are too proud to take government benefits) why would they also be included in the number of uninsured?  By definition they would be insured if they would simply go and sign up.

How about these answers?

a.  The Census bureau has become a sub-committee of the Democrat party apparently.  We fight over this every census – just how many invisible people can we count so federal pork can be delivered to the unknown?  And now seeing that they willingly inflate the uninsured so that Democrats can justify taking over (directly taking over) 20% of the economy just proves it again

b.  Giving illegals government benefits (or proposed ones) is also Democrat policy.  Why?  Well, they know that if they keep the voter id requirements so low that any illegal can vote – they will get more power for the money they take from productive people.

c.  Pride?  Yes – I do believe there are some Americans who are too proud to beg.  Unfortunately I think that the number of people who are just too drug-addled or brainless to get the benefits already on offer is a vast majority of that number

However, with the 700 billion or 1 trillion or fill-in-the-blank Wall Street bailout – the talk about how the government also needs to take over health care seems to be very quiet now.  Thank goodness

Is Hillary Paying Her Health Insurance?

She is stiffing caterers, lighting companies, and all kinds of companies.  Are the health insurance bills for all her campaign workers being paid?  Inquiring minds what to know.  Especially since she is threatening to throw people in jail if they don’t buy health insurance from HER.

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Of course, her health care is paid for by taxpayers.  If anything were to happen Walter Reed would open its loving arms and give her anything she wanted.  I wonder if her campaign staff would be forced to go to emergency rooms to wait?

Or maybe she’s just waiting to make this happen:

In an extensive interview on health policy on Wednesday, Clinton, a Democrat from New York, said she would like to cap health insurance premiums at 5 percent to 10 percent of income.

It would then be the responsibility of all her employees to fend for themselves, right Senator?

Universal Healthcare Scheme Collapses Again

Of course, to a liberal nothing is impossible. You just have to close your eyes and click your heels and wish real, real hard.
clipped from online.wsj.com
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “universal” health-care plan died in the California legislature on Monday, in what can only be called a mercy killing.
Like collapses in Illinois, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, this one crumpled because of the costs, which are always much higher than anticipated.

This reveals that liberal health-care politics is increasingly the art of the impossible: You can’t make coverage “universal” while at the same time keeping costs in check — at least without prohibitive tax increases. Lowering cost and increasing access, in other words, are separate and irreconcilable issues.

So the plan failed because it was too expensive — and because for some Democrats it wasn’t expensive enough.
Democrats also complained that the taxes the plan imposed on business, as high as 6.5% of payroll, weren’t high enough.
Voters are rightly concerned about health care, but they also don’t want to pay higher taxes to finance coverage for everyone.
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Myths of Health Insurance Mandates

And I defy anyone to actually tie down that 47 million number. The number of uninsured people in America is whatever some self-aggrandizing politician mouths.
clipped from online.wsj.com

[Opinion]
This week, Hillary Clinton’s supporters attacked Barack Obama for not proposing a federal mandate that every American buy health insurance.
The rationale for this mandate is not personal responsibility but “shared responsibility,” a polite way of saying shared costs.

These arguments are based on myths, not facts.

The first myth is that it’s fair to make everyone pay the same price for health insurance. It is not: For young people who rarely use health services, this is a rip-off. If people in their 20s paid attention to politics and voted, politicians wouldn’t dare try this.

The second myth behind federal mandate proposals is this: Lack of insurance forces people into the emergency room for routine health care.
The truth is that the uninsured do not use emergency rooms more than other people.
The third myth, in the words of Mr. Edwards, is that a “system that leaves 47 million Americans without health care is a moral disgrace.”
a major cause is immigration
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The Emigration from Taxachusetts Will Now Begin

Romneycare is just a pale imitation of what Hillary/Obama/Edwards would pile onto this country. And you won’t be able to just move out of state if those dips get in charge.
clipped from www.bizzyblog.com
Massachusetts is facing a daunting goal as it enters the second year of its grand experiment of extending health care coverage to nearly all citizens – reining in spiraling costs that could threaten the landmark law.
For Massachusetts residents deemed able to afford health care, but refuse, that means facing new monthly fines that could total as much as $912 for individuals and $1,824 for couples by the end of the year.


That’s a steep increase. Those who failed to get insured in 2007, the first year of the law, faced the loss of their personal exemption on their tax returns, worth $219.

In case you missed it: That’s MONTHLY fines that could total $912 for individuals and $1,824 for couples in a year’s time. Apparently to be paid M-O-N-T-H-L-Y (i.e., $76 – $152 per month, just to be sure there’s no misunderstanding)?
A new statewide database will track who has health insurance and who doesn’t, they say.
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