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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dubya's economy continues to deliver the goods.

And the latest delivery, according to new figures from the US Census Bureau, is the fact that the number of Americans without health insurance is at the highest level ever.

The census data found that, compared with 2005, the number of uninsured Americans rose 5 percent last year to 47 million, due in large part to cutbacks in employer-sponsored health coverage. It also found that 11.7 percent of US children under 18 lacked health insurance, compared with 10.9 percent in 2005. [Emphasis added]

What's especially interesting is that the Census Bureau numbers also show that, over the past two years, the national poverty level has gone down slightly and that Americans' median income has gone up. Despite these improvements, health insurance has still become less available to the average person.

Of course, if everyone would just get one of Dubya's much-vaunted healthcare savings accounts, everything would be wonderful. Right?

Via Boston Globe.

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