“We hear a lot these days about 45 million Americans who don’t have health insurance.
…According to the US Census Bureau, 17 million of those without health insurance live in households having over $50,000 in annual income. That’s 38% of the uninsured in America.(2)
In fact, 9 million – 20% of the uninsured – reside in households pulling down more than $75K a year. (3)
…And then there are the young invincibles. Over 18 million of the uninsured are people between the ages of 18 and 34. (4) They spend more than four times as much on alcohol, tobacco, entertainment and dining out as they do for out-of-pocket spending on health care.(5) They represent 40% of the uninsured in America.
…14 million people without health insurance are eligible for government health care programs like Medicaid and S-CHIP but choose not to enroll. (7) They represent %31 – nearly one third – of the uninsured in America.
…The U.S. has 12 million illegal immigrants who don’t buy health insurance but still get health care.
…So, how many are truly uninsured? Around eight million