Advocates of government-run health care incessantly tell us that millions of Americans are financially unable to acquire health insurance. The WSJ debunks this and other canards:
The notion that there are 46 million Americans who can’t get the health care they need for lack of money or public assistance is a myth.
Who says it’s a myth? Some VRWC publication run by evil neocons? Nope.
A study published in Health Affairs in November 2006 estimated that 25% of the uninsured were in fact eligible for public coverage, and another 20% probably could afford coverage on their own.
And what about access? Aren’t the uninsured denied health care? Nope.
Another recent study, published in Health Affairs in August … estimated that uninsured Americans will receive $86 billion worth of health care in 2008.
But who is paying for this care? Well, a lot is being paid for by the patients.
The study published in Health Affairs estimated that the uninsured would pay for $30 billion of their health-care costs this year — more than one-third — out of pocket.
The basic point should be obvious to the meanest intelligence. The “plight of the uninsured” has been wildly exaggerated and doesn’t justify insurance mandates or a dramatic increase in government meddling.