Daily Revolt

September 21, 2007

89.6 million Lacked Health Insurance in 2006-7

Lots of talk about the lack of health insurance coverage but little action. This statistic does not include the rising cost of medical insurance:
More than one-third of the U.S. population under the age of 65 went without health insurance for all or part of the last two years, a consumer group said on Thursday.

The nonprofit Families USA group used data from last month's U.S. Census Bureau report that found 47 million Americans went without health insurance for all of 2006.

Families USA broke down that figure and calculated that 89.6 million people under age 65 — 34.7 percent — went without health insurance at some point during 2006-2007. It used a projection for the remaining months of this year.

Don't kid yourself about Hillarycare:
"The huge number of people without health coverage over the past two years helps to explain why health care has become the top domestic issue in the 2008 presidential campaign," Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said in a statement.

It's only going to get worse:
In the United states, an employer generally supplies health insurance. But rising costs mean fewer employers are offering this benefit.

Budget crunches mean states have tightened eligibility for programs such as Medicaid, the public insurance plan for the poor and disabled, and for programs covering children.

Surveys also suggest that many of those going without insurance are middle-class and employed.

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