While Washington conspires with lobbyists to deprive the American people of meaningful healthcare reform ...
The Census Bureau reports that the number of people lacking health insurance rose to 46.3 million in 2008.Is it any wonder that the insurance industry is pushing so hard for a mandate?
That's up from 45.7 million in 2007, due to a continuing erosion of employer-provided insurance. Still, the level remained just below the peak of 47 million who were uninsured in 2006, because of the growth of government insurance programs such as Medicaid for the poor.
The nation's poverty rate increased to 13.2 percent, up from the 12.5 percent in 2007. That meant there were 39.8 million people living in poverty. It was the highest rate since 1997.