This is the third in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell.
Many may be able to afford health insurance, but for whatever reason choose to not buy it.
In 2007, an estimated 17.6 million of the uninsured made more than $50,000 per year, and 10 million of those made more than $75,000 a year, says Sally Pipes, author of the book, The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen’s Guide, a book that attempts to dig behind the numbers.
According to author Pipes, 38% of the U.S. uninsured population earns more than $50,000 per year. That means 38% of the uninsured likely make enough to afford health insurance, but for undetermined reasons choose not to buy it.
So, although about 60% of Americans cannot afford to buy health insurance, a surprisingly high percent can — but choose not to.
Here are the topics for the entire series: