And if you want to know why the things I discussed in my last post make me so angry, it's because arugments like those keep us from doing anything about this:
The percentage of moderate-income U.S. adults who do not have health insurance during any part of the year increased to 41% in 2005, up from 28% in 2001, according to a study by the Commonwealth FundAP/Houston Chronicle reports (Agovino, AP/Houston Chronicle, 4/25). For the study, researchers surveyed 4,350 adults, focusing on those ages 19 to 64, using 25-minute telephone interviews between August 2005 and January 2006. According to the study, 41% of adults with annual incomes between $20,000 and $40,000 did not have health insurance for at least part of 2005, compared with 35% in 2003 and 28% in 2001. In addition, the study finds that 18% of adults with annual incomes between $35,000 and $60,000 were uninsured for part of 2005, up from 16% in 2003 and 13% in 2001 (Whitehouse, Dow Jones Newswires, 4/26).
It's getting worse, and instead of coming up with workable, real solutions for reform, we're arguing over waiting lists in Canada.