by John Hawkins | July 19, 2007 6:00 am
“President Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore and much of the mainstream media are incorrect when they claim the number of Americans without health insurance to be 40 to 50 million, with the actual number possibly under 10 million.
So says the Business and Media Institute, a Virginia-based division of the Media Research Center, a nonprofit watchdog organization designed to bring balance and responsibility to the media.
“The actual total is open to debate,” says BMI analyst Julia Seymour. “But there are millions of people who should be excluded from that [high] tally, including: those who aren’t American citizens, people who can afford their own insurance, and people who already qualify for government coverage but haven’t signed up.”
She notes government statistics also show 45 percent of people without insurance are not completely in dire straits, as they’ll have coverage again within four months after switching jobs.
“Accounting for all those factors, one prominent study places the total for the long-term uninsured as low as 8.2 million — a very different reality than the media and national health care advocates claim,” said Seymour.
The BMI report notes the number of the uninsured who are not U.S. citizens is nearly 10 million on its own, invalidating all the claims of 40-plus million “Americans” without health insurance.” — WorldNetDaily
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