The Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) has measured those who lack health insurance in America. Analysis of data from earlier Census Bureau and other government reports shows that roughly 7 million are illegal immigrants; roughly 9 million are persons on Medicaid; 3.5 million are persons already eligible for government health programs; and approximately 20 million have, or live, in families with incomes greater than twice the federal poverty level, or $41,300 for a family of four.
Most of the uninsured are in and out of health coverage. The professional literature also shows that, overwhelmingly, the vast majority of the uninsured are persons who are in and out of coverage, largely as a result of job changes. Only a small number of the uninsured are chronically uninsured. For most of the uninsured, the problem is fixable if policymakers simply take steps to make health insurance portable, so the insurance policy sticks to the person, not the job.
So let's run the numbers:
47, 000, 000.00
- 7,000,000.00 (illegals)
-9,000,000.00 (on medicaid)
-3,500,000.00 (eligible for medicaid but not enrolled)
-20,000,000.00 (choose not to be insured)
7,500,000.00 +/- those who are in and out of insurance due to changing job situations of which some of whom end up with coverage.
So, the REAL number is less than 7,500,000.00 uninsured. Is that a crisis? No, it's a manageable situation but it has turned into another scam, can you figure it out? It's simple.
Posted by See It Clearly June 17th, 2009, 8:39 am