You here or read the number all the time. Phil Stewart and Todd Eastham breathlessly reported for Reuters on August 19th that there are 46 million uninsured Americans and President Barack Obama routinely asserts the same number. But as Heritage fellow Dennis Smith points out, that number is just not true:
- According to AHRQ’s The Uninsured in American, 1996-2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Nonstitutionalized Population under Age 65 (Statistical Brief #259) the number of non-elderly individuals for the full year in 2007 was 39.9 million.
- That 39.9 million includes 5.9 million children(see Statistical Brief #259) who are