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’45 Million Americans’ — Who Are Those Guys?

by Larry Elder on Townhall.com

About 45 million Americans lack health care insurance. Or do they?

A pro-“universal health care” television host recently cited this widely accepted “fact.” The number is bogus.

Here’s the skinny.

Start with the math. We have 300 million Americans. Subtract the 45 million — 15 percent of us — with no health insurance. That leaves 255 million Americans, or 85 percent, with it.

And the insurance is lousy, right? Not according to a 2006 ABC News/Kaiser Family Foundation/USA Today survey. It found that 89 percent of Americans were satisfied with the quality of their own health care.

Nearly half of the 45 million fall in the category of my 26-year-old nephew. He smokes cigarettes, dates, eats out, goes to movies and, like all young people, lives through his cell phone. With a slight change in priorities, he could afford health insurance, the cost of which at his age and health starts at about $100 a month. Take a look at a Reason Foundation video of interviews with a bunch of non-health-insured 20-somethings.

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June 18, 2009 - Posted by | Health Care | , , , ,

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