Ever notice how opinions pass as fact?

I love to talk with people.  And the more I talk with people the more I wonder if there is something seriously wrong with me or if people are just plain dumb.  No matter where I am… no matter who I am talking with I find people who say things that they pass off as factual when in reality they are merely an opinion.  And often the opinion is based on what they hear others say or what they hear on TV.  Even news stations chronically make statements that suggest they are espousing factual information to the listener, but in reality it is merely their opinion.  An opinion requiring almost total suspension of reality.  Let’s take one of the most fraudalent statements I hear on news channels… “there are 47 million uninsured people in the United States”.   Well let’s analyse this just in a cursory manner.  There are supposedly 15 million illegal immigrants in the US.  So that reduces the uninsured to 32 million as clearly the United States has no obligation to solve this medical problem.  Now of those 32 million how many simply choose not spend money on healthcare in favor of spending money at the casino… or cigarettes… or beer.  My guess is that 25% of the 32 million fall into that category which leaves 24 million… and I can go on and on.   My hunch is that the true number of uninsured not by choice… here in the United States is probably 10 million which is less than 3% of the total population.  There is a point of diminishing returns on almost everything and my suspicion is that is what we are dealing with here on healthcare. 

Now back to my point.  The opinions thrown out as fact are distorting reality for all of us.  The population of the US is so dumb, it will believe anything it is told especially if it is negative news and there is a chance of some type of conspiracy.  I rest my case.

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