One of the many factors leading to health care reform has been a concern for the uninsured. While it is important we find ways to help those who need and want health insurance but cannot afford it, we must take our time to engage in deliberate and careful discussions to ensure any plan we develop covers them and meets a host of other priorities as well.
The national news reminds us daily that there are some 47 million uninsured people or about 15-16% of our population, but what they do not tell you is who these people really are. The chart here shows there are many who choose not to be covered, those not legally eligible and some who have other available options. The percentage of the truly uninsured is far smaller and we should focus our attention on their needs.