|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
Almost one of every four Texas residents – 24.8 percent – were uninsured in 2006 and 2007, based on an average of the rates for those two years. That's up from 23.9 percent for 2004 and 2005.
The national number also increased a bit for the two-year period to 15.5 percent. However, looking at 2007 by itself, the percentage of uninsured in the country fell from 15.8 percent in 2006 to 15.3 percent in 2007. (State percentages were given only for two-year periods.)
California still has the highest number – not percentage – of uninsured residents at 6.7 million, compared with 5.7 million Texans. The Texas number is up from 5.5 million in 2006.
But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)
"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.
"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."
Labels: assholes, cruelty, idiocy, John McCain, Republicans
But I'm surprised that only 25% of Texans are uninsured. I've done a lot of consulting in Texas. Neither of the two companies I worked with most recently provided employee health insurance.
One allowed [I don't think they "encouraged" it] the employees to buy their own policy from a suggested list, and they would deduct the premiums and pass them along as a "courtesy", but neither actually spent one dime of their "own" money on the insurance premium.
According to their CFO, "about 1/2" of the employees were buying insurance.
[I would hate to accuse, but that CEO was so "sleazy" that I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't getting kickback from the "recommended" companies for all the employees who purchased. ]
another problem solved.