HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA….The latest news from the healthcare front:
The nation’s poverty rate declined for the first time this decade, but the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record high of 47 million in 2006, according to Census figures released today.
….The addition of 2.2 million people to the roster of the uninsured was attributed largely to continuing declines in employer-sponsored insurance coverage.
Cue an avalanche of blog posts, op-eds, TV rants, and floor speeches insisting that (a) the census figure is unreliable for one reason or another, (b) uninsured people get all the healthcare they need anyway, (c) it’s all the fault of liberals who have driven up the cost of healthcare with pointless regulations about doctors washing their hands and so forth, (d) Canadians have longer wait times for hip replacements than we do, (e) the media only reports this stuff when Republicans are in office, (f) poor people ought to exercise more and eat better, (g) Michael Moore is fat, or (h) all of the above. I can’t wait.