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PoliCon
03-20-2010, 06:25 AM
By Anthony Kang (Bio | Archive)
Fri, 03/19/2010 - 16:13 ET


Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, for one, does not want blood on his hands from 45,000 Americans who allegedly die every year due to lack of health insurance. And MSNBC's Alex Witt, for one, doesn't think it worth questioning the veracity of that number.

"There are a lot of problems I have with the bill, primarily it doesn't go far enough. I really wish we had the public option in this bill," Nadler said in a March 18 interview on MSNBC.

"There are some other problems with it but bottom line - bottom line - the Harvard Medical School study tells us that 45,000 American per year die for lack of access to health insurance," Nadler said. "A ‘No' vote on this bill is a vote to kill 45,000 American a year. A ‘Yes' vote is a vote to save their lives - everything else is secondary."

That the famous study by the Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance has been a reliable Democrat talking point for months. But its estimate that 44,789 "excess deaths" are associated with lack of health insurance annually is rarely questioned by the media. They should be.

"The findings in this research are based on faulty methodology and the death risk is significantly overstated," National Center for Policy Analysis president John C. Goodman has explained. "The subjects were interviewed only once and the study tries to link their insurance status at that time to mortality a decade later. Yet over the period, the authors have no idea whether subjects were insured or uninsured, what kind of medical care they received, or even cause of death."

Researchers of the Harvard based their conclusion upon national surveys participants filled from 1986-1994. After checking how many of the adults died by the year 2000, researchers proceeded to make the unbelievable leap in assumption and faith that the uninsured stayed uninsured for all those years - and died as a result.

CONTINUED (http://newsbusters.org/blogs/anthony-kang/2010/03/19/you-lie-msnbc-lets-dems-false-45-000-uninsurance-deaths-go-unchallenge)

PoliCon
03-20-2010, 06:27 AM
dang it. :mad:

Milly
03-20-2010, 09:39 AM
By Anthony Kang (Bio | Archive)
Fri, 03/19/2010 - 16:13 ET


Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, for one, does not want blood on his hands from 45,000 Americans who allegedly die every year due to lack of health insurance.

As far as I'm concerned, they lost the argument at the first sentence. Since when did health insurance become synonomous with health care?

I can't speak for large, urban areas, but around here (rural NE Indiana) doctors provide health care. And most of them are willing to make provisions for folks without health insurance.

Apache
03-20-2010, 10:36 AM
dang it. :mad:

Whatta ding-a-ling...:p




The flawed #'s will only fly as long as nobody looks at the details....WHOOPS, for the Admin....:rolleyes: