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Fact-Checking Obama’s Health Care Speech

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Posted on Sep 11, 2009
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When emotions run high about certain hot-button issues, good judgment can fall by the wayside, and facts can get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, the helpful researchers at FactCheck.org are around to round them up again, as they’ve done here with President Obama’s health care speech.  —KA

FactCheck.org:

Some of the president’s factual claims, while accurate, were notable for his careful wording.

  Obama: There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.

“Citizens” is the operative word here. And even so, the 30 million figure is an understatement. The official Census figure for 2007 was actually 45.7 million persons in the U.S., but that figure includes an estimated 10 million who are not U.S. citizens, including 5.6 million who are here illegally, according to the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. That still leaves about 35.7 million U.S. citizens without health coverage in 2007, well above the president’s figure. And hours after the president spoke, Census released new figures for 2008, showing the total number of uninsured went up slightly, to 46.3 million.

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By Joe, September 12, 2009 at 8:11 am Link to this comment
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Let’s put aside all of the bickering & get on with establishing a healthcare system for all!  I am sick of the foolishness constantly hitting the front lines.  Let’s wake up & work togwether to get the job done!!!

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By Blackspeare, September 12, 2009 at 7:30 am Link to this comment

Whatever the number is for the uninsured it pales in comparison to the under-insured.

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By STICKSHIFT, September 12, 2009 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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The whole health care debate has turned into a political football.

The basic premise for health insurance reform is that everyone should be able to get affordable care.

1.  Separate the health care insurance from the jobs.
  Everyone who makes, let’s say, ten times as much as the premiums for the best health care plan available, pays for their own.


2.  The rest of us are eligible for single payer, government run health care. 

Simple.  Way too simple for our elected idiots in Congress.

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By I.G. Noble, September 12, 2009 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

Everyone seems to agree the US Census Bureau figure for the amount of uninsured people in America is the gold standard. Call me crazy, isn’t this the same US Census Bureau whose decennial effort is regularly criticized for its inaccuracy? Truthdig will probably run stories attesting to this very idea for the 2010 census.

Then why, oh why, does everyone seem to accept the US Census Bureau number for Americans without health insurance? I’m only asking because the number seems to me to be low, and has always seemed thus. I’ll bet the health insurance companies know from their own polls, and with better accuracy and with a figure that is up to date (better than 2008 at any rate), how many people in the US really do not have health insurance.

Just asking.

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By dihey, September 12, 2009 at 5:53 am Link to this comment

There is a real danger that the incessant health-care debate will completely mask what else is afoot in Washington such as a the introduction of a law that will allow “preventive detention”.

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By Blackspeare, September 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment

Go to this link and see how far the USA has come to achieving blatant class distinction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G44NCvNDLfc&feature=player_embedded

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