Health Myth #3: “The uninsured can’t afford to buy coverage.”

This is the third in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell.

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Many may be able to afford health insurance, but for whatever reason choose to not buy it.

In 2007, an estimated 17.6 million of the uninsured made more than $50,000 per year, and 10 million of those made more than $75,000 a year, says Sally Pipes, author of the book, The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen’s Guide, a book that attempts to dig behind the numbers.

According to author Pipes, 38% of the U.S. uninsured population earns more than $50,000 per year. That means 38% of the uninsured likely make enough to afford health insurance, but for undetermined reasons choose not to buy it.

So, although about 60% of Americans cannot afford to buy health insurance, a surprisingly high percent can — but choose not to.

Here are the topics for the entire series: