Friday, July 20, 2007

Health Insurance Lies

We've all heard the line. "47 million Americans don't have have health insurance". There's even a film out about it. Well, according to a 2005 U.S. census there are some things they aren't telling us. Of those 47 million; about 10 million are illegals, 14 million are eligible for Medicaid but don't apply, some are actually in between insurance plans and a whole list of others. Another thing we hear is that they don't have insurance because they can't afford it. Well, according to the same census, 8 million make more than $75,000/year and another 8 million make between $50,000 and $75,000/yr. I think they can afford it. So, of that original 47 million uninsured Americans, there are, by these numbers, 40 million that are either ineligible because they're not U.S. citizens or just don't apply for it.

Why aren't these facts in that aforementioned film?
Credit: CNN and Business And Media Institute

One last thing. On the CNN page, read the part about the "free" health insurance in France.