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FactCheck’s Misleading Fact Of The Day

Yet another agenda-driven ‘fact’ from FactCheck.org:

An unemployed and uninsured woman holds her sleeping son, while ...

[AFP photo and caption:] An unemployed and uninsured woman holds her sleeping son, while waiting to get tickets for a free health clinicin August 2009 in Inglewood, California.

Fact of the Day / September 12, 2009

The percentage of Americans with employer-sponsored health coverage declined from 59.3 percent in 2007 to 58.5 percent in 2008.

Source: Census Bureau

Oddly enough, when you actually go to the Census Bureau’s website you find there is a bit more to the story than what ‘FactCheck’ lets on:

Health Insurance Coverage: 2008

Highlights:

  • The percentage of people without health insurance in 2008 was not statistically different from 2007 at 15.4 percent. The number of uninsured increased to 46.3 million in 2008, from 45.7 million in 2007.
  • The number of people with health insurance increased to 255.1 million in 2008 — up from 253.4 million in 2007. The number of people covered by private health insurance decreased to 201.0 million in 2008 — down from 202.0 million in 2007. The number of people covered by government health insurance increased to 87.4 million — up from 83.0 million in 2007.
  • The percentage of people covered by private health insurance was 66.7 percent in 2008 — down from 67.5 percent in 2007. The percentage of people covered by employment-based health insurance decreased to 58.5 percent in 2008, from 59.3 percent in 2007. The number of people covered by employment-based health insurance decreased to 176.3 million in 2008, from 177.4 million in 2007.
  • The percentage of people covered by government health insurance programs increased to 29.0 percent in 2008, from 27.8 percent in 2007. The percentage and the number of people covered by Medicaid increased to 14.1 percent and 42.6 million in 2008, from 13.2 percent and 39.6 million in 2007. The percentage and number of people covered by Medicare increased to 14.3 percent and 43.0 million in 2008, from 13.8 percent and 41.4 million in 2007.
  • In 2008, the percentage and number of children under 18 without health insurance were 9.9 percent and 7.3 million, lower than they were in 2007 at 11.0 percent and 8.1 million. The uninsured rate and the number of uninsured for children are the lowest since 1987, the first year that comparable health insurance data were collected. Although the uninsured rate for children in poverty decreased to 15.7 percent in 2008, from 17.6 percent in 2007, children in poverty were more likely to be uninsured than all children.
  • The uninsured rate and number of uninsured for non-Hispanic Whites increased in 2008 to 10.8 percent and 21.3 million, from 10.4 percent and 20.5 million in 2007. The uninsured rate and number of uninsured for Blacks in 2008 were not statistically different from 2007, at 19.1 percent and 7.3 million.
  • The percentage of uninsured Hispanics decreased to 30.7 percent in 2008, from 32.1 percent in 2007. The number of uninsured Hispanics was not statistically different in 2008, at 14.6 million.

It turns out that the percentage of people with health insurance has not changed in the last year. And, in fact, the number of people insured has actually gone up. (As the population grew.)

Moreover, more people are moving into government healthcare coverage, mostly Medicare and Medicaid and SCHIP.

Meanwhile, the rates of insured Whites went down. But the rate stayed the same for Blacks – and even went up for Hispanics.

Which is this pretty much what FactCheck and their idol Mr. Obama want, is it not?

So what exactly is the problem?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “FactCheck’s Misleading Fact Of The Day”

  1. proreason says:

    Uuuuuh. Since unemployment was higher in 2008 than 2007 (because of the SorosObamy financial disaster), wouldn’t that have an impact on how many people got insurance through their employer.

    But maybe that obvious and valid explanation is too complex for the fact boys to mention.

    Or maybe it doesn’t fit their agenda.

  2. canary says:

    Every fast fact I’ve seen on my home-page is not true. I don’t even know where they come from. Saw a click for Obama’s campaign promises he’s kept. It’s surreal. I guess the democratic party is paying the internet servers. How come the Republican party doesn’t take out ads in papers or something.


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