Monday, September 14, 2009

One more health insurance link

You may have noticed that President Obama said more than 30 million people are uninsured in the United States, versus the 46 to 47 million estimate more widely cited. Clearly, 46 million is more than 30 million. Anthony Wright at The New Republic explains why Obama chose the 30 million number.

Also, I'm disappointed in the coverage of Congressman Joe Wilson's "You lie" exclamation in the middle of President Obama's speech. The coverage has emphasized the rudeness of shouting at the president in middle of an address to Congress. Anybody who is asked to comment should say they are indeed offended, not by the timing, but by Joe Wilson's lie. He asserts that the president's claim that no subsidies will go illegal aliens is a lie. In fact, as Politifact verifies, the legislation in the House specifically bars spending any public money on illegal aliens.

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