Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, for one, does not want blood on his hands from 45,000 Americans who allegedly die every year due to lack of health insurance. And MSNBC’s Alex Witt, for one, doesn’t think it worth questioning the veracity of that number.
“There are a lot of problems I have with the bill, primarily it doesn’t go far enough. I really wish we had the public option in this bill,” Nadler said in a March 18 interview on MSNBC.
“There are some other problems with it but bottom line – bottom line – the
That the famous study by the
"The findings in this research are based on faulty methodology and the death risk is significantly overstated,"
Researchers of the Harvard based their conclusion upon national surveys participants filled from 1986-1994. After checking how many of the adults died by the year 2000, researchers proceeded to make the unbelievable leap in assumption and faith that the uninsured stayed uninsured for all those years – and died as a result.
“Like unemployment, uninsurance happens to many people for short periods of time. Most people who are uninsured regain insurance with one year,” Goodman wrote. “The authors of the study did not track what happened to the insurance status of the subjects over the decade examined, what medical care they received or even the causes of their deaths.”
In regards to socialized medicine – or as Keith Olbermann’s selling point puts it “Medicare for all” – studies from RAND and the Employment Policies Institute do not do Democrats and Olbermann any favor.
The Employment Policies Institute found that the involuntarily uninsured were only 3 percent more likely to die over a fourteen year period, and found that people enrolled in Medicaid have a much higher mortality rate than the uninsured. As Goodman put it, “In other words, Medicaid enrollment reduces life expectancy rather than increasing it!”