Thursday, September 14, 2006

46.6 Million American's Uninsured

Next time Bush is blathering on and on about the reasons for being in Iraq and telling you that those who question his policies support terrorists......ask yourself when the last time he or his party have talked about the 46.6 million (and growing) American's who don't have health insurance.

Nine out of 10 Americans who tried to buy their own health insurance failed, either because the price was too steep or because they were denied coverage due to a current medical problem, a study said on Thursday.

The findings by the nonprofit research group Commonwealth Fund come as more U.S. employers have stopped offering workers health insurance -- with runaway medical costs the most frequently cited reason.

There were 46.6 million uninsured Americans last year, or nearly 16 percent of the population, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures which represented a slight gain from a year earlier.


The share of U.S. employers offering health insurance has been slipping, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Roughly 60 percent offered health coverage during 2005, down from 63 percent in 2004 and 69 percent in 2000.



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