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  •  Excellent ... but a question: (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Turn Left, HeyMikey

    30 million uninsured is still high ... about what, 8-10 percent?

    I think I read over time that in countries who cover 'all,' they still have five percent uncovered at any one time.  Is this correct?

    Is 8-10 percent 'acceptable,' for lack of a better word?  Would universal Medicaid expansion cut that down?

    I ask this while acknowledging that 17 percent uncovered down to 8-10 is still a great achievement.

    •  Howard Dean sez... (2+ / 0-)
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      Tuffie, TofG

      That once the dust settles we'll have about 93% covered and that would be considered "universal". Of course, if the stupid states would expand Medicaid, that number would be even more.

      And my idea of "universal" is more like 100%. Just sayin'.

    •  I think you'll have a mix of uninsured... (0+ / 0-)

      1. People eligible for Medicaid in states that haven't yet accepted the expansion.
      2. Those living in this country without legal status and ineligible for coverage.
      3. Those opting out of coverage for religious reason (Amish, Christian Scientists, etc)
      4. Those opting out of coverage and paying the fine because who know why.  They think they're invincible/hate private insurance/hate Obamacare/who knows.

    •  If they do it via insurance, yes (0+ / 0-)

      However, the British National Health covers everybody, no exceptions. When I lived there, I got covered, no question about it.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:31:35 PM PDT

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