Saturday, October 3, 2009

Media Trumpets Bogus Stat To Push Socialized Healthcare

Associated Press, Reuters, ABC, Boston Globe, SF Chronicle... they are all screaming about this new study from the Harvard Medical School that finds 45,000 people die annually from lack of health insurance.

Such a stat surely comes down to subjectivity. Who determines whether lack of health insurance could have saved someone? Barack Obama got caught in several lies about people who he claims could have been saved by health insurance.

This stat is 2 and a half times higher than the most recent serious study. Apparently death rates have more than doubled in the last six years.

This also contradicts the Census Bureau stats on health insurance.

The Organization behind this study has a mission:

Our Mission: Single-Payer National Health Insurance

Leading the study is Dr. Andrew Wilper, who also made these headlines with his "studies":
  • Millions of chronically ill, lacking insurance, can't get needed

  • Uninsured Americans Carry Large Chronic Disease Burden

  • Many U.S. adults with chronic illness are uninsured Physicians

  • U.S. prisoners sicker than believed and have poor access to care

  • One-Third of Uninsured Are Chronically Ill

  • Harvard Study Finds Dangerous Increase in Emergency Department Waits Nationwide

  • Millions With Chronic Disease Get Little to No Treatment

  • More...

    She sent this action alert: "Tell President Obama that single-payer health reform is the only practicable way to achieve his stated goal of universal, comprehensive coverage at an affordable price... Only single payer can rein in costs. Lesser reforms, with or without a “public option,” won’t fix our broken system."

    The other author of the study, David Himmelstein, is even more zealous about pushing socialized healthcare.

  • He said there is no good way to pay doctors except with a single-payer system: "There are a variety of bad ways of paying doctors, but no particularly good ones. "

  • Even the Massachusetts model isn't good enough he writes because it still relies on "profitability."

  • 62% of bankrupties are caused by insufficient healthcare he finds in a study

  • He pushes a single-payer system on PBS

  • He pushes a single-payer system in this study, and finds that most Americans agree.
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