Ramirez: Meet the Uninsured
posted at 5:15 pm on July 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
With all the talk of insuring the uninsured, which ObamaCare advocates count as 47 million people in America — roughly 15% of the population — IBD Editorials political cartoonist Michael Ramirez wants you to meet them:
For more information on this, AEI’s The American magazine has a good breakdown from last year about who exactly comprises the 47 million — a third of which are transitory in the uninsured category:
Q. Let’s get inside those rough numbers. Who tends to be uninsured?
A. They tend to be younger, with those most likely to be uninsured between ages 19 and 24. Almost all adults age 65 and above are covered primarily by Medicare, and many of them have supplemental private insurance. Men are a little bit more likely to be uninsured. Married individuals and persons with more than a high school education are much more likely to be insured. Most of the uninsured (88 percent) are in good to excellent health. The likelihood of being insured rises with income and full-time work status, although nearly half (47 percent) of the uninsured are full-time workers. Hispanics are considerably more likely than those in any other ethnic category to be uninsured (over 30 percent). More than a quarter of the uninsured are foreign-born. By Census Bureau estimates, about 10 million uninsured are not citizens and half of them are illegal immigrants.
Also, watch this video of Dr. June O’Neill, former CBO director and author of a study of the uninsured:
Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And don’t forget to check out the entire IBD site, while individual investors still exist.