Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Some (Health) Charts To Make You Think

Now here are a few charts that will make you think....

Chart: Share of under-65 population with employer-sponsored health insurance, 2000-2010

Chart: Rates of employer-sponsored health insurance by household income fifth,  population under age 65; 2000 and 2010

As Seinfeld said in The Bizarro Jerry, "The whole system is breaking down!"


charlesH said...

If your skill set is only up to that of a poor Chinese pheasant or illegal immigrant then you will have a tough time making a good living for yourself/family.

There has to be an incentive in the economy to attain better skill sets. One had better stay in high school and then get a college degree or trade school degree in a profession that is in demand.

David Appell said...

Charles, take your bigotry elsewhere.

I have relatives who have only a high school education, and they have skills that a poor Chinese peasant does not have. (And they also know that "peasant" isn't spelled like the word for the bird.) And I'm sure poor Chinese peasants have skills none of us have. In any case, all of them, even illegal immigrants, need and deserve health care.

And not everyone can afford a college degree, Charles, or even a trade school. And apparently some people can't even afford to take a spelling class.

charlesH said...

I would be interested in hearing what definition of bigotry you are using.

Google definition:
Bigoted attitudes; intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself."

How would you advise anyone to prepare themselves to provide for themselves in a world economy?

What services (e.g. food, shelter, clothing, health care, ....) do you think should be provided to everyone as a "right"?

What responsibility does anyone have to provide for themselves?

What share of your income (absolute and %) do you freely give to help others?

David Appell said...

Charles: I am picking my own definition of bigotry.

The rest of your questions aren't worth my time.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what is more puzzling:
(a) The original blog post - what point is it trying to make?
(b) CharlesH's comment about pheasants - what relevance does that have to the post?
(c) David accusing CharlesH of bigotry.