Finally, it’s worth asking if all these changes would actually accomplish what they’re supposed to. The goal is to cover all Americans.But Lewin writes that, “We estimate that there will be about 49.1 million uninsured people in 2011. Once the program is implemented, we estimate that the number of uninsured people would be reduced by 32.6 million people.” That, of course, would leave some 16.5 million -- roughly a third of the current uncovered population -- uninsured.
Before Congress votes to blow up our existing insurance system, lawmakers and President Obama should actually read the bill they’re considering -- and the Lewin report on its likely outcomes. If they do, they’ll realize this so-called “reform” is change the country can’t afford.