Below you will find the July 20th edition of Congressman Graves’ Straight Talk With Sam e-newsletter. Mr Graves gives some interesting statistics about the uninsured population in this country. I have found that many don’t like statistics and would rather just feel that we need to do something about the poor uninsured people in this country. You may be surprised at what you might see.

Obamacare is defeatable, polls are showing support falling on a daily basis. Make sure that you are talking to your friends and family about stopping this nonsense. This is a mistake we can’t afford because so many have been made in 6 months.

Health Care By the Numbers

Last week the world of big league baseball stopped and honored its all-stars. The players are chosen by fans who rely on statistics to determine if a player is just good or if he’s an all-star. These numbers give fans a way of understanding who is playing well, even if they cannot see every game.

So it is with the Census Bureau. It collects data that it puts into statistics so that we can better understand our country and its people.

The Census Bureau, in its most recent survey, found that slightly less than 47 million Americans are without health insurance. 9.1 million individuals making over $75,000 lack health insurance. Many of those individuals could purchase health insurance, but choose not too.

Another 9.7 million or 21 percent of the uninsured are not American citizens at all. I do not think anyone would argue that American taxpayers should foot the bill for illegal immigrants to have health care.

Nearly 60% of the uninsured, about 26.5 million, are under the age of 35 with the highest rate coming from Americans aged 18-24. The uninsured are not a permanent group. Some are changing jobs, some are in school or just graduating from school.

There is no doubt that there are many Americans who would like health insurance and do not have it. However, I am not convinced that spending $1 trillion dollars and completely overhauling our health care system is the best way to extend health care to as many Americans as possible.


Sam Graves

  1. bobbywayne says:

    Let’s start with good ethics in health care , stop the fraud and the waste and we might have a little more money to work with as long as we can also stop the fraud and waste in our government. Now we need to put in strong laws of ethics that will make it a death sentence to the careers of those that breaks these laws. And also we the people of the United States need to remove elected officials from office if they can not fix our problems in a timely fashion , so we can put ones in office that have the brains to get the job done.

    • ClayCoMOPolitics says:

      Thanks for the comment. The only thing that I have to say in response to that is that politicians in Washington don’t fix our problems. We do! The more we delegate that task the more corrupt our federal government in Washington becomes.

  2. DrD says:

    The “health care system” us easily fixable.

    1. Stop the insane practice of trying to buy risk indemnities against the results of our own irresponsible behaviors. Health insurance encourages irresponsible behavior.

    2. Hire Chiropractic Physicians as gate keepers to the health care system. Chiropractors are uniquely licensed to provide portal of entry exam and diagnostic services, but cannot be corrupted by the pharmaceutical industry. This has already been tried to a savings of more than 50% in overall health care expenditure for Illinois Blue Cross and Blue Shield between the years of 2001 and 2006.

    • ClayCoMOPolitics says:

      I totally agree with the first statement. I would much rather have insurance coverage that covered really expensive cancer treatments etc. I used to be on an HSA with a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) until I was forced into an employer health plan that I had to take for a couple of reasons, I won’t get into that. I loved my HSA because it was cheap and I knew what I was getting myself into if I had to go to the doctor (I was going to pay the first $2000 of everything). Traditional health plans are stupid and many people purchase them thinking they are going to need all that they pay for. If you live a responsible life and have savings in the bank you can take care of routine stuff at the doctors office. As for your second statement I cannot speak to but it makes sense. I would love to see a resource on that to learn more about it.

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