How Do You Count the Uninsured?
In my chat last week, I got a bunch of questions on how to count the uninsured, and whether this or that number was legit, and whether this wasn't really all illegal immigrants and dumb teenagers. The answer, essentially, is that you can count this in all sorts of different ways, and it just depends on your preferred assumptions. Anthony Wright has a great post laying out the possibilities. Some push the number way up — like counting anyone who has been uninsured over a two-year period, which describes a solid third of the population — and some push it further down. You can make your own. Conversely, if you're interested in how the administration has settled on its number, Peter Orszag explains here.
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