The Old Carrot Joke

Anybody that had eaten carrots within one year of their death, died of carrot poisoning.

Steve Milloy at Junk Science has the story on the bogus healthcare study about those that died because they had no healthcare insurance. The study concludes that 45,000 people die each year because they have no health care insurance.

Of course they don’t mention that it is the law of the land that anyone must be treated for anything at any hospital emergency room regardless whether you are in the USA legally or not. They must be treated, period, regardless of costs.

Steven Milloy’s “junk science” detector began running high when he got a hold of a new study appearing in the American Journal of Public Health that claims nearly 45,000 Americans die each year from lack of health insurance.

According to the study, titled “Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults,” working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts.

Mr. Milloy, founder and publisher of Junkscience.com and co-founder and portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund, said the study was created to boost President Obama’s health care agenda. Mr. Milloy noted that Mr. Obama said during the joint session of Congress on health care reform last week that people would die if they didn’t have health insurance.

“Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing,” Mr. Obama said in his Sept. 9 address. “Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.”

Mr. Milloy thinks the study will give Mr. Obama more specific numbers to use in order to ramp up public support for his plan.

“They are trying to create these factoids that they can beat opponents over the head with,” Mr. Milloy said. “They interviewed 9,000 people between 1988 and 1994 and asked ‘do you have health insurance,’ and if you die at some point in the future they assume your death was caused by the fact you didn’t have insurance during that time you were interviewed.”

“That kind of stuff is classic junk science,” Mr. Milloy added.

For the clueless about what is really going on … If Obama says it on TV then it’s supposed to be true, even if it is provable false (lies). The old “As Seen On TV” joke. It’s really strange to think a president of the USA would try this stunt and think he could get away with it. I guess it works in Kenya and Venezuela.

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