Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chart of the Day

UPDATE: below

From Freshman U.S. Senator James Risch:

source: Senator James Risch (R-Idaho)

I note that this chart might confuse "households" with "individuals." Still, I've said much the same before--starting at the top and moving clockwise: Conclusion: Some safety net is appropriate for those who truly can't afford health insurance. Fortunately, there already are several, including Medicaid and emergency rooms.

But, many of the nominally uninsured -- 45.7 million in 2007 -- lack coverage by choice. According to Dave at Classical Values, the true total of those who can't get health insurance is more like 6 million, or 2 percent of Americans. So why is health reform a crisis? Commenter suek already answered this question: "The problem is that the goal of the legislation is not to provide health care, the goal is to obtain more power for the Federal government." See also AWR Hawkins and Megan McArdle:
I don't want to give the government a greater role in health care markets. Nay, not even if all the other countries . . . well, all the cool countries, anyway . . . are doing it.
A public policy broadening health insurance coverage for the truly needy without growing government is relatively simple. The problem--Senator John McCain campaigned for much of it last year, so it's a political non-starter for this Administration. Instead, for progressives, it's more like: "More communitarian sausage-making, Ma; please?"


See also Ed Morrissey:
It’s not 47 million. It’s not 36 million. The number of Americans uninsured out of necessity and not economic choice is at most 14 million. Understanding that will bring a much more balanced approach to health-care reform on a scale commensurate with the problem, rather than a hysterical rush to throw out a system that works for hundreds of millions Americans.
(via Assistant Village Idiot, Grand Rants)