Both Republicans and Democrats throw numbers around about how many people the Affordable Care Act will and will not cover. Both are wrong. Obamacare enthusiasts claim that 40 million more Americans will now have health insurance. Those against the bill say that 30 million people will still be uninsured. Both are way off, and I am wondering where they are pulling these numbers out of.
It’s the same thing with polls. Low information voters are made to believe that in a country of a lot more than a quarter of a billion people, a poll conducted on only 1,000 people can tell them all they need to know.
With a butt-load of people believing in these skewed polls, focus groups, and NOT AT ALL BIASED IN ANY WAY news network commentators, it’s no surprise that establishment Republicans and Democrats try to fill our heads with this “malarkey,” as our well-versed Vice President likes to say.
Here are some raw statistics for you to chew on. There are nearly 314 million people living in America. That is a hell of a lot more than the 30 and 40 million people that we keep hearing about. What about the others?
The working population (ages 18-65) consists of about 190 million people. There are 90 million people (ages 18-65) that are out of the workforce (either unemployed, not looking, or collecting some sort of entitlement.) That means that around 46% of adults that can work, are not working.
Only 25% of workers get healthcare (that’s 25 million people.) Of the 25 million people with healthcare, 25% get family coverage, and 75% get individual coverage. With the average family of 4, this comes out to about 25 million people total covered with family insurance. 75% of the workforce get individual coverage, and that comes out to about 20 million adults.
To sum it all up:
Population covered w family insur thru work: 25m
Population covered w indiv insur thru work: 20m
Total population covered w insur thru work: 45m
Total American population: 313m
Population covered thru work: 45m
Total American population NOT covered: 313m – 45m = 268m
Republicans and Democrats passed a bill that already has begun to cripple the economy, and they somehow forgot to count TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT MILLION AMERICANS.
Another lie by a politician (are we surprised?) was President Obama’s claim that his signature piece of legislation will only cost taxpayers 900 billion dollars over ten years. The CBO already calls that statement a load of you know what, and points out that it is projected to cost us nearly 2 trillion dollars (and we all know that projected costs are always higher.) That’s more than quadruple Obama’s claim for those who are enjoying this math lesson.
So….it’s going to cost 2.4 trillion dollars over ten years to either only insure 40 million more people, or not insure 30 million people. Either way, our genius career politicians our unwitting friends keep electing into office are somehow missing about 240 million Americans. What are they, chopped liver?!
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