A claim making the rounds recently is that 45,000 Americans die each year from lack of health insurance. The statistic is garbage. A recent study concludes, “It is not possible to draw firm causal inferences from the results of observational analyses, but there is little evidence to suggest that extending insurance coverage to all adults would have a large effect on the number of deaths in the United States.”
I favor reforms that would make it easier for people to get affordable insurance coverage, mainly so that they would have more financial security. But we don’t need to pass a deeply flawed bill to keep thousands of Americans from dying.