47 Million Lies

I received this nice email today from a listener, requesting more information on my claim that there are only a few million people in the U.S. locked out of the health care system, a fraction of the 47 million claimed in order to trick the American people. I figured that, for every one's sake, it wouldn't hurt to share the email, and my reply.
Todd - Where do you find numbers to support your assertion that only 3-4 pct of the American actually are uninsured?  You start off with about 15% of all Americans remain uninsured then you reducethose figueres and suddenly it's around 3 percent.  Are these numbers in your head, that is, you say it so it must be true? We are as you know, the only Western industrialized country that allows so many of its citizens to go w/out healthcare and that is finally going to end very soon. Idiots such as Joey Liberman may try to get in its way, but as he knows there's such a thing called reconciliation so whatever sillyness Joe seeks to employ will be meaningless in the end. One day, I hope you're apart of the "3 percent".
Dear Listener - Thanks always for listening. The details of this issue are all readily available online. Before attacking me, why not pay a visit to your friend Mr. Google, and save me the time of having to do your research for you? Oh, nevermind. Here's the story. The assumption that there are 47 million citizens locked out of the system is essential to the socialist argument - how can you justify turning 17% of the U.S. economy over to the government without creating an impression that great harm is created by our failure to follow the lead of the European Socialists? The premise that you're operating under, however, is bogus.
"We are as you know, the only Western industrialized country that allows so many of its citizens to go w/out healthcare and that is finally going to end very soon."
So, let's breakdown the figure of 47 million Americans without health insurance that you socialists like to bandy about. Is it accurate? Of course not - the numbers that politicians use are almost always deliberate misrepresentations.
This Census report says that within the borders of the United States as of 2007 there were 45.65 people million without health insurance. But this number, according to the Census Bureau, included 9.73 million foreigners, leaving only 35.92 million Americans who were uninsured.
Okay. Then, the Census Bureau also says...
...that this number includes 9.1 million people who earn more than $75,000 a year and simply choose not to purchase insurance.
That brings us down to about 26.8 million locked out due to the high cost of insurance. Another 10 million or so are in between jobs and will be without insurance for less than a year. This is not a problem unworthy of attention, but they are clearly not people stuck in some permanent underclass. Mark Levin writes:
...only 30 percent of the nonelderly population who became uninsured in a given year remained uninsured for more than twelve months. Almost 50 percent regained their health coverage within four months.
That brings us down to 17 million.
Eighteen million of the 46.6 million uninsured were between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four, most of whom were in good health and not necessarily in need of health-care coverage or chose not to purchase it.
If we take half of this group, to be generous to the socialists, and say that they're only 9 million, not the entire 18 healthy young uninsured are skipping getting insured because they're not interested, that would lower our total figure to about 8 million people, or 2.6% of our roughly 300 million citizens.
The number can be whittled down further by considering those who are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid but don't bother enlisting (Saxby Chambliss says in the above video that this is another 14 million!) until they get sick, and there are more who decide not to accept the health insurance offered by employers - but let's not nitpick. What's clear is that the 47 million Americans figure is a dramatically fraudulent claim - so manipulative and disingenuous that voters should be pissed off at con men like the President and Senator Schumer who repeat the lies with such comfort and frequency. While there are real problems with our insurance structure, a large number of uninsured is not among them. Just another phony storyline from the socialists.