Thursday, July 19, 2007


Does truth matter? A fair question to ask, particularly in a political season where "facts" and "figures" are being thrown around for the benefit of a candidate and his or her position. Consider health care as an example. The mantra you hear over goes like this;

"In a May 31 speech, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said: "It's really indefensible that we now have more than 45 million uninsured Americans, 9 million of whom are children, and the vast majority of whom are from working families."

"ABC News medical expert Dr. Tim Johnson praised a "bold" and "politically brilliant" universal health-coverage plan on the April 26 edition of "Good Morning America."

"It's bold because it does propose to cover all Americans, including the 47 million now who are uninsured, within five years," said Johnson."

Michael Moore's new film is "SICKO" the director's website claims a very high number of uninsured: "There are nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance."

While those figures are sobering and stir up emotion and could even garner a candidate like Clinton support, are they true? Some would challenge the veracity of these statistics. Business and Media Institute is a Virginia-based division of the Media Research Center, a nonprofit watchdog organization designed to bring balance and responsibility to the media. They challenge the truth of these often quoted statistics;

"The actual total is open to debate," says BMI analyst Julia Seymour. "But there are millions of people who should be excluded from that [high] tally, including: those who aren't American citizens, people who can afford their own insurance, and people who already qualify for government coverage but haven't signed up."

She notes government statistics also show 45 percent of people without insurance are not completely in dire straits, as they'll have coverage again within four months after switching jobs.

"Accounting for all those factors, one prominent study places the total for the long-term uninsured as low as 8.2 million – a very different reality than the media and national health care advocates claim," said Seymour."

That is quite a difference, 45 million or 8.2 million. I would bet that most if not all of you have never heard that the number might be as low as 8 million. All you hear is over 40 million, over and over and over again, from the liberal media and their candidates. To make their case, to create fear in the hearts of the American people, which is how they try to win voters, not on ideas, they must quote the inflated and very likely untrue statistics.

Does the truth matter? November 2008 will give you your answer!

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