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Fun With Numbers

There were a lot of numbers thrown around in the president’s health care speech the other night. Some of them, unsurprisingly, don’t add up or were at best confusing.

For instance, Obama said 30 million were uninsured. But in the past, he and Democrats have favored the 47 million figure (the figure the Census Bureau claims to be correct). If it is 30 million, I’d love to know where those 17 million got their health care insurance – it might be a good idea to send the other 30 million with them.

But that’s probably not possible because the president said 14,000 Americans are losing their health care insurance every day. So rough back of the envelope math says 2,520,000 (180 x 14,000) more Americans have lost their insurance since he’s been in office.

So is it really 32,520,000 or 49,520,000 uninsured? Or less? Or more?

And as David Freddoso points out, the future’s not so bright either – with 14,000 losing their insurance a day, that means 15,000,000 or so will lose theirs before his plan is enacted in 2013.

No wonder he’s in such a hurry.

Oh, wait – I did say 2013 didn’t I?

Huh … I did.

So why is he in such a hurry?

~McQ

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7 Responses to Fun With Numbers

  • It’s that fierce moral urgency.

  • Those numbers are all false and/or misleading – and Demmies know it.

    For instance, it is not even 30 million who are without health care – it is about 8 million. The rest can qualify for federal assistance but do not, or do not wish to purchase insurance. That also cuts out the 17 million illegal aliens.

    The number of “14,000 losing their insurance daily” is also baloney. Yes, that money “lose” their insurance, but it comes with their work, or their family. The overwhelming majority, approximately 95% of those, get the insurance back within a few days to a week or when they find a new job.

    So everyone should stop listening to the lies of the Left when it comes to this issue. They make stuff up as they go along, which is the only way they can win an argument.

  • Democrat random number generator, it’s where they get all their numbers. They use a magic 8 ball from time to time too. I’m sure the numbers will be different next time it’s discussed by a politician

  • McQSo why is he in such a hurry?

    To my mind, this is one of several vital questions that nobody in the Congress or MiniTru seem interested in asking. Others include:

    — If the government is already broke, where will we get the money for this new program?

    — If we can save so much money by eliminating all the waste and inefficiency in existing health care programs, why are we not taking steps to do that outside of the proposed new program?

    — If the goal is simply to insure the (pick random, large number here) Americans who don’t have health insurance, why don’t we simply cut them a check to buy insurance for themselves? Why have we got to have a new, huge bureaucracy?

    — We already spend billions on various government health care plans, including VA, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Why can we not simply expand these plans to cover uninsured people?

    — Why should anybody with half a brain believe that the government, which TAO admits is bloated and inefficient, can administer a new program in an efficient manner?

    — If health care costs are allegedly driving up the national debt, how will spending more federal dollars on a new program solve this problem?

    — If health insurance is so expensive, why are we considering penalizing people who don’t have it or companies who don’t offer it?

    — How stupid do you have to be to believe anything TAO says?

  • Didn’t you know that 52% of statistics are made up on the spot? ;)

  • I think the 30 million number is the 47 million number (yes, it’s a load of crap), minus the 17 million who make enough money to afford currently available private insurance. Obama said 30 million “cannot get access” to health insurance or something like that. The 17 million who can afford it obviously have access they just choose not to buy it. I am not sure why he is excluding these people. Perhaps he wants to lower the number because of concern about busting the budget. That seems to be one of the most widely held points of opposition to Obamacare. If he proposes a plan to cover 30 million uninsured (as opposed to 47 million) the cost estimates will be lower. Of course, the $900 billion he cited doesn’t count what amounts to a tax on that 17 million who currently choose not to buy insurance but who will be forced to under Obamacare.

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