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Latest Census report shows 50.7 million people don't have health insurance.


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In a reflection of the battered economy, the number of people without health insurance rose sharply last year to 50.7 million — an all time high — according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

That pushed the rate of uninsured Americans to 16.7 percent last year from 15.4 percent in 2008, when there were 46.3 million uninsured. It was one of the largest single year increases since the Census starting tracking the figure in 1987.



... Nearly every demographic and geographic group posted a rise in the uninsured rate—with the exception of children, who remained stable at about 10 percent.
The sharpest jumps were in the Midwest and South, although all areas of the country saw increases.

“In a word, this is devastating,” said Jonathan Oberlander, professor of social medicine and health policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.






Both Democrats and Republicans hoped to gain public support from the new figures.

The surge in the uninsured could help Democrats gain more support for the new health overhaul law because it underscores the need for dramatically changing the health system.

But at the same time, Republicans calling for repeal of that law can use the report to blame Democrats for failing to fix the economy.



Though not surprising, the uninsured numbers do indicate the role of the dismal economy,” said Joseph Antos, a health policy expert from the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

“Health insurance is really secondary to the economy.”




Although in the short term the report could hurt Democrats, the higher uninsured numbers should make it harder for Republicans to talk about repealing the health law, said Oberlander.

From a political standpoint," he said, "the report makes the administration’s and Democrats’ point that the status quo is not sustainable and underscores why you needed to do something to stabilize insurance.”




The health law approved in March mandates that nearly all Americans have health insurance.

It would provide coverage to 32 million more Americans starting in 2014 as the state-federal Medicaid program is expanded and lower income people get government subsidies to buy coverage through new insurance exchanges or marketplaces.

The jump in uninsured last year reflects the worsening recession, which started in 2008 but ravaged the economy in 2009.
The unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent in 2009 from 5.8 percent in 2008.

“A lot of it is due to changes in people’s employment status as people moved from full time to part time and from working to not working,” said David Johnson, chief of the housing and household economic statistics division at the Census Bureau.






Analysts said they were not surprised by the big increase in uninsured.

“We’ve reached yet another milestone in the number of uninsured,” said Peter Cunningham, senior fellow at the Center for Studying Health System Change, an independent, nonpartisan think tank.
“It’s not surprising because it's being driven almost entirely by a big drop in people with private coverage and employer-sponsored coverage.”

The percent of people covered by employer-sponsored coverage dropped to 55.8 percent last year from 58.5 percent in 2008.

The Census report showed there were 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive annual increase.




"The numbers are heartbreaking," said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University.

"If we needed any more evidence of the absolute imperative of health reform, this is it."

Indeed, the reliance in America on an employer-based delivery system for health coverage means that the population is susceptible to such explosions of the number of uninsured when unemployment increases, Rosenbaum added. Often, Medicaid — meant to provide coverage for the nation's poor — can't cover many of these newly uninsured, she explained, because strict qualifications exclude many middle class families who lose their jobs and take unemployment benefits.

And it may not get better anytime soon. Rosenbaum said that there will probably be at least one more year with "terrible" health insurance numbers as the economy lags and employers continue to lay workers off.




The report also found that nearly a third of Americans — about 93 million — are now covered by government insurance, mainly Medicare and Medicaid.

While the numbers of people on Medicare remains stable, the percentage of people covered by Medicaid, the federal-state program for people with low incomes, rose from to 15.7 of Americans from 14.1. Nearly 48 million Americans are in Medicaid programs.

Given the sharp divide in public opinion of the new health law, many Democrats have been reluctant to talk about the health law on the campaign trail.
That probably won't change, even with these new figures, said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University.

"They're not going to go back to it.
If they've run [from the new law in their campaigns] they're not going to pull a U-turn and embrace it."

And voters, Baker said, are unlikely to be more receptive to health reform now because they still simply don't understand what it means for them.

Indeed, the other danger for Democrats going into November’s midterm elections is that "any bad stat is going to reflect poorly on the incumbent,” Baker said.





Amber Hergen, 34, of Los Angeles, is one of those Americans who lost coverage last year.

She left her publicity job at a marketing company, where she had insurance, to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.
She’s been unable to find affordable individual coverage.

She learned the risk of being uninsured last month when she went to the emergency room after accidentally ingesting a household cleaner.
Though she was at the hospital less than an hour, her bill was $2,500.

“Being without insurance is kind of like walking on a tightrope without a net,” she said.

“It’s scary.”









Health reform begins: What changes mean to you.

Many features, such as no more lifetime insurance caps, kick in by Sept. 23.




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I get my coverage through work and the “open enrollment” period for next year is approaching.
I’d like to keep my current health plan.
Will it be affected by the new law?


What if my employer offers a new plan and I want to switch to that ?

[Will my health insurance cost less ?

I’m a small business owner.
Do I have to offer coverage to my workers this fall ?
And if I do, will the government help me pay for it?


I buy my own health insurance.
How will the health law affect my coverage ?


I’m on Medicare. Will my benefits change ?

Many Republicans have criticized the health care law as too intrusive and too expensive.
If they pick up seats in the November election, how will the law be affected ?






 

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Latest Census report shows 50.7 million people don't have health insurance.
50,700,000 X $1000 "penalty" = $50,700,000,000 to the Federal Gov by 2016.

What do you think???? Is there an underlying motive in Obama Care???? ;)
 

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50,700,000 X $1000 "penalty" = $50,700,000,000 to the Federal Gov by 2016.

What do you think???? Is there an underlying motive in Obama Care???? ;)
Sure beats expecting the Top 2% to cover it.

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50,700,000 X $1000 "penalty" = $50,700,000,000 to the Federal Gov by 2016.

What do you think???? Is there an underlying motive in Obama Care???? ;)

How'bout Republi-Care ? ... ;)

Many Republicans have criticized the health care law as too intrusive and too expensive.
If they pick up seats in the November election, how will the law be affected ?
 

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50,700,000 X $1000 "penalty" = $50,700,000,000 to the Federal Gov by 2016.

What do you think???? Is there an underlying motive in Obama Care???? ;)
That will just pay the interest on the deficit for one day by then...:thud:
 

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Yeah that's because there Jobs were outsourced to Communist Red China

Either that or their once lucritive Corporation that they work for, Is now Competing against 10 cent-$2.00 an hour labor from over sea's and south of the border

Thus can no longer afford to provide medical insurance for their employee's

Now me and you will need to buy them health insurance

Your witnessing the Transfer of wealth from America to Communist red china, Mexico, India etc:

An it's All with your governments Approval :nuts:

This country was Bankrupted by your government

And put into an economic depression as well

Outsourcing is complete failure and Robs Americans of their wealth and their Children of a Decent future

The Trade Deficit with Communist Red China continue's to grow but they wish to ignore it or cover it up and will continue with this course action till this country in poverty

Why, Because they are all Rich or On a government salary and are not affected by this Depression :nuts:
 
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