Beware Generalization Posted on December 06, 2009 The editorial “Reckless Rx” (Our Views, Dec. 1) cites a figure of 46 million uninsured Americans. This oft-quoted statistic is a gross overestimation, as recent research suggests the number of Americans who cannot currently afford health insurance is much lower. A recent study by June O’Neill, who served as director of the Congressional Budget Office from 1995-1999, shows that nearly half of uninsured Americans ages 18 to 64 could likely afford to purchase health coverage. We should not rush into the creation of a new, expensive health care system without a better understanding of the uninsured population. Kristen Lopez Eastlick Senior economic analyst Employment Policies Institute Washington, D.C.