This is the fifth in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell.
The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) 45 million estimate reflects individuals “without health insurance at any given time during 2009.”
But that does not mean that all 45 million people spend every day of 2009 without insurance. It is a point estimate – on any particular day, there will be 45 million individuals without health insurance.
[Source: CBO, “Key Issues in Analyzing Major Health Insurance Proposals,” December 18, 2008]
Here are the topics for the entire series:
- Health Myth #1: “The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world.”
- Health Myth #2: “About 46 million Americans lack access to health insurance.”
- New Analysis of the Myth: “46 Million Americans Without Health Insurance”
- Health Myth #3: “The uninsured can’t afford to buy coverage.”
- Health Myth #4: “Most of the uninsured do not have health insurance because they are not working and so don’t have access to health benefits through an employer.”
- Health Myth #5: “The estimated 45 million people without health insurance lacked health insurance for every day of the year.”
- Health Myth #6: “Government-run universal health care would increase the international competitiveness of U.S. companies.”
- Health Myth #7: “The cost of uncompensated care for the uninsured significantly increases hospital costs.”
- Health Myth #8: “Nationalized health care would not impact patient waiting times.”
- Health Myth #9: “Insurers cover less today than they did in the past.”
- Health Myth #10: “Preventive Medicine Saves Money”