The Number’s Game – A Chicago Tradition

As I look into the Obama health care proposals, a reason given often for a public plan is we need to provide coverage for the uninsured. There are many estimates of how many uninsured there are but around 46 million seems to be a universally agreed upon number. Let’s look at this number a little more closely.
None of the proposed plans will cover non-citizens, a title the Census Bureau uses. This same Bureau estimates there are 10 million non-citizens. There are also 8.74 million people who make above $75,000 a year and choose not to have insurance coverage. There is another 8.3 million people who make between $50-75,000 per year who do not have health insurance. Further, a number of people are qualified for some type of public assistance who, for whatever reason, are not participating. This number is estimated to be 26 % of the uninsured.
And this–45 % of all uninsured will be uninsured for less than 4 months.
So let’s summarize: (In millions)
Non-citizens……………………………………………………………….10.00
Make over $75,000/year…………………………………………………..8.74
Make between $50-75,000/year………………………………………….8.30
Eligible for some type of public assistance (26%)…………………….11.96
Total:……………………………………………………………………..39 million

Yea, I know figures lie and liers figure. But do we really need to radically make the changes to health care being proposed for a relatively small number of people. And sure the recession makes it worse but recessions come and go and will continue to do so in the future. Does health care need revising—absolutely. But let’s do it rationally and reasonably.

Comments

  1. The Lorax says:

    Well, I’d like coverage as soon as possible. I don’t have insurance and i’m embarrassed to say how long it’s been since I have been to the doctor.

  2. If you stay in school you can buy a policy for $1,234 a year – a bargain I assure you.

    Also, you’ll have free treatment from the Norris Health Center.

    That’s not so hard, is it?