Senator Bernie Sanders, the tireless champion of “Medicare for All,” has just assumed the chair of the Senate’s powerful Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Unfortunately, that means we can expect to hear more bogus statistics about the supposed failures of the American health-care system.
Lately, Sanders has been asserting that “85 million Americans are uninsured or under-insured.” That figure comes from a September 2022 study by the Commonwealth Fund, which claimed that 43 percent of working-age Americans — 85 million people — are “inadequately insured.”
More than half of the people in that group are “underinsured,” per the Commonwealth Fund’s definition of the word. And that definition makes little sense.