At an August 11 town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., Obama said “nearly 46 million Americans don’t have health insurance coverage today” and that “46 million of our fellow citizens have no coverage.”
As the new Census Bureau report released today makes clear (see Table 7 on page 21), there were 35.920 U.S. citizens who lacked health insurance in 2007, and 36.829 million U.S. citizens who lacked health insurance in 2008." So, he’s only off about 10 million but when you are always dealing in the trillions it’s easy to consider 10 million as insignificant.
The Census Bureau report also states that 9.725 million of those uninsured earned more than $75,000 per year so it is conceivable that some of those earning more than that $75,000 could have been insured if they wished.
In his speech to Congress, President Obama said, “There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.” "When this quote was cited for the Census Bureau’s David Johnson, chief of the Census Bureau’s Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division, during his teleconference today, he was asked if there was any data in the Census Bureau report that would allow someone to distinguish between people who did not have health insurance because they did not want it and people who did not have health insurance because they could not get it, he said the Census Bureau does not ask people whether they can get or cannot get insurance."
So the quote that “There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage." is not an accurate statement. Unfortunately his honesty is becoming more in doubt.