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09-21-2009, 01:16 AM
By Amanda Carpenter on Sept. 17, 2009 into The Back Story

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Steve Milloyís "junk science" detector started running high when he got hold of a new study in the American Journal of Public Health claiming nearly 45,000 Americans die from a lack of health insurance.

According to the study, titled "Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults," working-age Americans without insurance have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts. It also includes a chart showing how many people have died state by state, supposedly because of lack of insurance. For example, researchers say 4,675 Texas have died because they didnít have insurance during their study period.

Mr. Milloy, founder and publisher of Junkscience.com and co-founder and portfolio manger for the Free Enterprise Fund, said the study was created to boost President Obamaís health care agenda. Mr. Milloy reminded that Mr. Obama recently told Congress people would die if they didnít have insurance.

"Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing," Mr. Obama said in his Sept. 9 address. "Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true."

Mr. Milloy believes the study will give Mr. Obama more specific numbers to use in order to ramp up public support for his plan.

"They are trying to create these factoids that they can beat opponents over the head with," Mr. Milloy said. "They interviewed 9,000 people between 1988 and 1994 and asked, 'Do you have health insurance?' and if you die at some point in the future, they assume your death was caused by the fact you didnít have insurance during that time you were interviewed."

"That kind of stuff is classic junk science," Mr. Milloy added.
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the cited article - http://junkscience.com/ByTheJunkman/20090918.html