Obamacare: 47 Million Uninsured Americans?

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Obamacare supporters continue to mention the figure of 47 million uninsured Americans as justification for health care reform.

47 Million is a gross exaggeration.

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.

So, Obama and the Congressional Democrats want to ruin the best health care system in the world for less than 10 per cent of the population.

Isn’t that like throwing out the baby with the bath water?

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  • Raisin Hell

    Ramaierez might try looking at U.S Cenus data, which confirms 47 million and rising. With unemployment high and also rising, the ‘between jobs’ scenario in the cartoon is a rather cruel joke. “[B]est health care system in the world,” by what rational measurement? Only if paying the most is assumed to automatically mean we’ve got the best. By every objective measurement, from infant mortality, life expectancy and on and on, the U.S. is at the bottom of the developed world and falling. Of course the wealthy elite can get their fat bottoms liposuctioned, their lips collagen injected, and their bald heads transplanted very effectively.