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