Thursday, April 09, 2009
Uninsured or Simply Overreported by Collusion
Reynolds links in to a piece at Doug Ross @ Journal under the title The curious case of 200 nearly identical MSM headlines.
The piece wonders at the amazing fortuity of over 200 news articles published, in as many different publications, within one twenty-four (24) hour time period, on the same subject matter, fined tuned to specific localities, and that subject purports to be the number of individuals who are uninsured, health care wise, in the United States.
When you realize that the subject matter is being pushed by Families USA - The Voice for Health Care Consumers, a member of the Progessive States Network, which of course is aligned with ACORN and SEIU, all darlings of Obama and the left, the fortuity of the 200 nearly identical MSM headlines is crushed under the realization of fined tuned propaganda dropped like a phone book on a swarm of ants.
What should be more troubling than this fined tuned propaganda machine, though, would be misrepresenation of the facts dropped by the propaganda machine, in regards to the allegedly 47 million American individuals without health insurance, which is pointed out in the post.
Data from the Census Bureau debunks the lie continually promoted by the mainstream media of the legendary 47 million uninsured Americans:
• 9.5 million people are illegal aliens
• 8.3 million uninsured people are those who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and choose not to purchase insurance
• 8.7 million uninsured people are those who make over $75,000 a year and choose not to purchase insurance
This leaves approximately 20 million uninsured; less than 7% of the population. Why do some people choose not to purchase insurance? 60 percent reported being in “excellent health or very good health” and purposefully decided not to buy insurance.
Further, 45% of the uninsured will have insurance within the next four months according to the Congressional Budget Office. Many are transitioning between jobs and purchase health insurance through their employers.
So what is the true extent of the “health care crisis” continually marketed by the big government leftists? The Kaiser Family Foundation, a liberal non-profit frequently quoted by the media, puts the number of uninsured Americans who do not qualify for current government programs and make less than $50,000 a year between 13.9 million and 8.2 million. That is a much smaller figure than the media report and is also subject to “the 45% rule”, wherein that percentage will transition to new jobs within a four-month time-frame.