The Associated Press: "The Census Bureau reports
that the number of people lacking health insurance rose to 46.3 million in
2008. 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" (Yen, 9/10).
Los Angeles Times/Tribune: "The ranks of people
without medical coverage, which increased from 45.7 million in 2007, were
expected to have risen more sharply last year. But the overall number was
lowered by expanding government safety-net programs and rising Medicare
enrollment, which is driven by aging Baby Boomers. The number of uninsured
children fell to 7.3 million from 8.1 million in 2007" (Lee, 9/10).
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that "David Johnson,
who heads the Census Bureau's housing and household economic statistics
division, told a telephone conference that
... that anyone who had insurance earlier in 2008 year and lost it
because of unemployment in the latter part of 2008 would have been counted in
the report as having medical coverage -- meaning next year's uninsured numbers
could be far worse" (Smith, 9/10).
The Census Bureau released highlights of the uninsured
Source: Kaiser Health News