More health reform myth Whac-A-Mole

As part of his Health Care Fact Check series, the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Stephen Koff looks into the theory that many uninsured folks are already eligible for free or subsidized insurance under existing programs. Koff found that while studies have shown that 25 percent of those presently uninsured would qualify under either Medicaid or SCHIP, some of those folks are illegal immigrants or others who would not be covered by any of the proposed government plans anyway. With a series of informed guesses, Koff works his way through the relevant math, then assesses the number’s final impact upon the health care policy debate.

In related news, posted their own debunking of a notorious anti-reform e-mail that has been making the rounds for the past few weeks (see Polifact’s debunking of the same e-mail here), finding that of the e-mail’s 48 points, “Twenty-six of them are false and the rest mostly misleading. Only four are true.”

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