Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Truth about Obamacare

100% Care
We already have 100% healthcare. Federal Law requires hospitals and ambulance services to provide care to anyone needing emergency treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay.

250 million Americans or 84% of the nation has health insurance coverage.

88 Million Americans are covered by the Government thru Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and VA
41 Million Elderly and Disabled Americans are covered by Medicare
38 Million Poor Americans are covered by Medicaid
10 Million American Veterans are covered by the VA
20 Million American Children are covered by Medicaid & SCHIP

34% of the Black Population and 28% of the Hispanic population are covered by the Government Insurance

46.9 Million Americans or just 16% of the nation are uninsured

10% of the White Population, 20% of the black population and 34% of the Hispanic Population are uninsured

33 Million Americans or 71% of the uninsured make over $25,000 a year and thus can afford insurance yet choose not to.

27 million Americans or 58% of the uninsured are people aged 18-34, thus proving the majority of uninsured are healthier young Americans who choose not to buy insurance

14 million uninsured adults and children are currently eligible for government coverage, such as Medicaid or (SCHIP), but have not bothered to enroll.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, 71 percent of people with HSA (Health Savings Account) plans were previously uninsured.

A study by the Fraser Institute in 2008, indicated wait times by Canadians of 30 weeks for an MRI, 16+ weeks for specialists, 10+ weeks for urology and internal medicine, 15+ weeks for gynecology and otolaryngology, 20+ weeks for ophthalmology, 30+ weeks for neurosurgeons; and 35+ weeks for plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery.

21% of Canadian hospital administrators, but less than 1% of American administrators, said that it would take over three weeks to do a biopsy for possible breast cancer on a 50-year-old woman

50% of Canadian administrators versus none of their American counterparts said that it would take over six months for a 65-year-old to undergo a routine hip replacement surgery

In Canada, increasing demands for health care, due to the aging population, must be met by either increasing taxes or reducing other government programs.

SOURCE: http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/p60-233.pdf
SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_and_American_health_care_systems_compared#Wait_times


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