Senate Health Care Bill Would Cover Barely Half of Uninsured

Health bill would leave millions uninsured

The legislation that the Senate passed Christmas Eve, which is expected to resemble closely the final bill that is hashed out between the House and Senate over the next month, would leave about 8 percent of the population under age 65 without health insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It would extend insurance to 31 million of an estimated 54 million who would have no coverage without the legislation.

Even the more-expensive House version of the plan is projected to cover only two-thirds of the currently-uninsured.

All this for a trillion dollars.

To be fair, the uninsured number includes illegal immigrants. About one third of the 24 million uncovered by the Senate version, according to this story.

When is the last time a government program even came close to delivering on its promises? I figure that things are going to cost twice as much as projected and get half the results. Unless things go really bad, in which case actual results will be far worse.

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  1. Considering our fearless leaders excrutiatingly good record at accurately estimating the future costs of new taxes over time, costs entitlement programs over time, and their brutal efficiency at implementing them………………..I’m shocked they may have missed the financial love boat on this one!

    Ok……….I made that last part up.

  2. Mark Steyn has this pretty much nailed. It’s not about getting it right for the Dems. It’s just about getting “it.” Get something passed that gets their foot in the door big time. They get to start building their bureaucracy and asserting more and more control over the Health Care industry, even more than they have now that is. Once it’s created, it will be damn near impossible to tear down, and they know that. They can tinker with it for the next fifty years to work towards what they really want, and that is total federal take over. They’re just playing the long game here, and it’s looking like they are winning.

  3. HELLO is anyone really surprised. If yes please join the Gullible or Fools group by the fire extinguisher.

  4. “Even the more-expensive House version of the plan is projected to cover only two-thirds of the currently-uninsured.

    All this for a trillion dollars.”

    This, from a government that — at the SAME TIME — says they don’t have enough money for Social Security.

  5. Well, well. Hello. It isn’t rocket science to figure out that, for the Dems, this was just a power grab and another item in their agenda to bring America down to the status of the European countries. They dislike America and her greatness. May all of that change this November. Kay

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