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