Health Care -- Yes, It's Getting Worse

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THE PLANK AUGUST 28, 2007

Health Care -- Yes, It's Getting Worse

I'll have more to say on this later--when I'm not on deadline for an article--so for now I'll just quote the press release from the U.S. Census Bureau, which released its new figures for poverty and health insurance this morning:

The number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 44.8 million (15.3 percent) in 2005 to 47 million (15.8 percent) in 2006.

Note that the number of people without insurance is growing both as a raw number and as a percentage of the population. In other words, the problem is getting worse--making the case for universal health insurance even more urgent than before.

--Jonathan Cohn

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