As usual, there is questionable logic in some of those figures.
In the last ten years, they have had nearly triple the motorcycle accident victims, and blame that increase totally on lack of helmet use in neighboring states. I wonder how many more riders there are now than ten years ago. Also, it seems that more motorcyclists are riding more miles now, that the machines have gotten more reliable (speaking primarily of HD here, most other brands have been fairly reliable since the early 70's), and we have more the leisure time to ride.
To say that wearing a motorcycle helmet can save 20,000.00 in health care cost of 75,000-100,000.00 (75% of whom are uninsured, according to the article) isn't solving the problem.
Don't get me wrong, I believe in helmets, I won't even take my motorcycle out of the garage without putting mine on, and won't move until the chin bar is latched, but I don't feel the government should dictate that we must wear one. I don't fail to use seat-belts either, but I think the government is out of line to require them too. Education and understanding will accomplish a lot more than mandated compliance.