Skip to comments.Obama: I used to say 47 million uninsured. Now, it's 30 million
Posted on 09/10/2009 6:44:39 AM PDT by george76
In his speech tonight, the president introduced a new number in the health care debate. Remember all those statements from Democrats, including Barack Obama himself, that 47 million Americans are without health insurance? That's no longer the operative number. "There are now more than thirty million American citizens who cannot get coverage," the president said in tonight's speech.
But on August 10, at a town hall meeting, Obama referred to the "46, 47 million people without health insurance in our country " And on July 23, he said, "This is not just about the 47 million Americans who don't have any health insurance at all "
What's the difference? Obama appears to be choosing his words carefully. There is a difference between Americans who "cannot get coverage" and Americans who "don't have any health insurance at all." The interesting question is why Obama has chosen to downgrade the number from 47 million to 30 million. Look for Democrats to begin using the new figure in making the case for Obamacare.
So why did Obama make the change? The first possibility is the difference between people who "don't have any health insurance" and people who "cannot get coverage." Millions of Americans who can afford health insurance choose not to have it, many of them because they are young, healthy and unlikely to need it.
The second difference in Obama's phrasing is between "people without health insurance," in his old phrasing, and "American citizens" without coverage, as he said in last night's speech. Was Obama, faced with the (accurate) charge that the current Democratic health care proposals have no enforcement mechanism to prevent people in the United States illegally from receiving government-supported coverage, excluding non-citizens from his total?
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Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
The math is too simple for congress to understand.
How can the Pollys reward their cronies with bonuses if they have to operate on real budgets?
Those 17 million have already died due to H1N1 ...
Wanna bet that the number is less than 15 million who can not obtain insurance.
Do you mean there are 30 million Americans now who don't receive medical care? I don't think so. We don't have bodies lying around in the streets because of lack of medical care. In fact, in most states, those with no insurance go to the same doctors and get the same care as anyone else.
The problem is the inefficient way we handle care for the uninsured, not that the uninsured do not get medical care.
There might be additional need for medical personnel if people who are not insured now make more visits to a doctor for preventative medicine, but even this might reduce their doctor visits in the future.
Obama wouldn’t recognize the Truth even if he was staring at Him in the face: like Pontius Pilate.
Here’s the fun part, if every citizen must be insured or face a $750 a year fine, does that mean every illegal must also pay $750? And what happens when large portions of the 47 million don’t pay and won’t pay the fine? That could put 20 million into criminal status.
Communists Like Obama have two different sets of Languages.
one for the Mainstream Media..( filled with Lies and Half-Truths).and another for the Leftist
traitors..or in plain English...His Friends.
Exactly and that is why he is not really President of the US people, he is the leader of a movement and will never unite the country under this admin.
Whoa, that’s heaping mighty praise on a democrap liberal!
Nonsense, those 17 million have died because Obama care wasn’t passed last month. The 17 million in need have been holding their breath, determined to not pay for their medical care themselves - “it’s a right!” they cried with their last breath. Another month, perhaps Obama will have solved the problem! The stinking little brats will have off’ed themselves. The final solution seeming like a mistake. Like Biden (another truthful Joe) said!
Nah. He just realized California unofficially insures their illegal Alien population...
Is he still counting the ILLEGALS??????????
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