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I have doubts about all the estimates I've seen for the number of people without insurance. Let's use the 30 million figure.
Very few of those people are likely to have serious health problems. If they did, they would already be on some form of assistance -- probably there are exceptions but only a few. If there's an uptick in health care use, it's likely to be in more routine services.
People also generally use the high-end medical services when they need them. If you have cancer or are paraplegic, you're going to use high-end services. If not, you may use more routine healthcare than I do but you're not going to be a budget buster.
You're right, Geoff. And these "30 million" folks who are being denied healthcare, aren't being denied it at all. If they are injured, they are taken to hospital emergency rooms, because no emergency room in America can legally deny treatment to anyone. It's the law. The injured may have to wait for treatment if the ER is crowded, but they will get treated. So that's one more untrue statement by the shills for the healthcare bill.