Still, the President and Congressional Democrats are mooting "mandating" we all buy health insurance. Which makes Richard Martin's article in the July 4th St. Petersburg Times required reading:
Many people assume that the 47 million Americans who don't have health insurance [actually 45.7 million] simply can't afford it.Using the latest (August 2008) Census report, the uninsured include:
But the fact is, some don't want it.
Among the 47 million are 9.1 million who earn $75,000 or more a year and 11 million who declined coverage from their employers, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Employment Policies Institute. That also includes many who are young, single and healthy, plus a growing number who rely on alternative and faith-based therapies usually not covered by traditional insurance plans.
These are the voluntarily uninsured, people who may not welcome Washington's efforts to make sure that all Americans have some kind of coverage.
Talk of mandatory health insurance coverage is getting louder. On Thursday, Senate leaders announced that their legislation would require people to carry health insurance or face fines of more than $1,000.
- 17.6 million in households earning $50,000 or more annually
- 9.1 million in households earning $75,000 or more per year
- 21.0 million with full-time jobs; and
- 18.3 million between the age of 18 and 34
Don Surber asks, "Why should they be required to purchase health insurance just to subsidize the health insurance of everyone else?" The obvious answer: in the current Administration, that's a feature, not a bug.