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52 Million Uninsured Americans By 2010



June 2nd, 2009

The number of uninsured Americans is projected to increase by at least 6.9 million by 2010 — meaning 19.2 percent of nonelderly Americans would be uninsured. This is an increase of 2.0 percentage points from 2007, say Todd Gilmer and Richard Kronick of the University of California, San Diego, in a paper published May 28 on the Health Affairs Web site [2-week free access]. Gilmer and Kronick estimate that the number of uninsured Americans will reach 52 million in 2010.

Recession Impact

The current economic downturn is partially reflected in this projection because sluggish growth in personal income for American workers is a key factor driving the results. However, because this model is based on extrapolating from uninsurance rates among workers, it does not directly take into account the effect on uninsurance of the significant job losses that occur during recessions and that have been particularly pronounced in this recession.  Said Gilmer:

“Because of the number of Americans who have lost their jobs or will lose them in the coming months, the increase in the number of uninsured people is, if anything, likely to exceed the projections in this paper. In the recently enacted economic stimulus legislation, Congress provided a 65 percent subsidy toward continuation coverage for a subset of laid-off workers. That will help, but our research demonstrates once again the importance of more comprehensive action to extend adequate and affordable health coverage to all Americans.”

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1 Response to “52 Million Uninsured Americans By 2010”

  1. KAZ Vorpal Says:

    The problem with this post is that it cites a projected expansion of a number that is fraudulent in the first place.

    The famous “47 million uninsured” is made up almost entirely of people who actually are covered, or who are CHOOSING not to be:

    http://butnowyouknow.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/who-are-the-47-million-uninsured/

    The largest, overlapping, groups of uninsured in the US include:

    9,000,000 Millionaires
    27,000,000 people who make more than $50,000 per year, but choose not to get insurance
    22,000,000 Young adults who can afford insurance, but choose not to
    14,000,000 People who can already get medicaid, but choose not to
    11,000,000 Illegal Immigrants
    23,000,000 People who are actually insured. That’s right; you’ve been lied to…surprised?

    This adds up to more than forty seven million, because of the overlap – for example young adults who are millionaires and change insurance companies fit into four categories, above.

    There is a detailed breakdown of the six categories above, on the website I’ve linked, including footnotes to sources…but you don’t need those footnotes, because it’s easy enough for you to find references to all six of the categories, from any mainstream media or government sources you prefer.

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