According to the 2007 US Census figures, (which I’m sure Democrats have labored furiously to change – somewhere in a White House basement, where President Obama’s real birth certificate is entombed):
• The number of people in this country without Health Insurance dropped from 47 million (2006) to 45.7 million in 2007…but rose to 46.3 million in 2008.
• The number of people with Health Insurance increased, from about 250 million in 2006 to 253 million in 2007…to 255 million in 2008.
• The number of people covered by private insurers (202 million) remained somewhat unchanged in 2007, but decreased to 201 million in 2008.
• But the number of people covered by government health Insurance increased! from 80 million in (2006) to 83 million in (2007) to 87 million (2008).
• Most people (59 percent) are covered by health insurance related to a job. The number of people covered by employment-based health insurance (177 million in 2007) fell to 176 million last year.
• The number of people covered by Medicaid increased to nearly 40 million in 2007.
• The number of people covered by Medicare also increased to just over 41 million in 2007).
(My interpretation: More people have health insurance, thanks to the government! Seems people are losing their private insurance and turning to the government for coverage. More kids were covered under the government run Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which Republicans opposed).
• The number of children under 18 without health insurance fell from 9 million (2006) to 8 million in 2007 to 7 million (10 percent) in 2008. That’s the lowest since 1987, the first year that comparable health insurance data has been collected.
• Although the uninsured rate for kids in poverty fell, from 18 percent in 2007 to 16 percent in 2008, children living in poverty are more likely to be uninsured.
• In 2007, children in the 12-17 age range had a higher uninsured rate than kids younger than 12.
• In 2007, the uninsured rate for non Hispanic white kids was 7 percent; Black kids – 12 percent; Asian kids just under 12-percent; Hispanic kids – 20 percent.
• In 2007, the number of uninsured non-Hispanic whites (20.5 million) fell but increased in 2008 to 21.3 million.
• The number of blacks without insurance (7.3 million) remained static in 2008.
• The percentage and number of uninsured Hispanics (15 million 1n 2007) fell from 32 percent (2007) to 31 percent in 2008. But 15-million Hispanics remain uninsured.
• The uninsured rate for Asians (16.8 percent in 2007) was slightly higher last year, at 18 percent.
• The majority of the uninsured are native born (13-percent in 2008).
• The uninsured rate for the foreign born population remained static at 31 percent last year.
• The uninsured rate for naturalized citizens (18 percent) increased in 2007.
• The uninsured rate for non-citizens (22 million in 2007) fell but at (45 percent) remained statistically unchanged last year. (I assume this figure includes not only Illegal Immigrants – as some people seem to think – but also other legal residents with Green Cards who are not yet citizens?
• The highest number of uninsured people remains in the south. The Northeast and Midwest have the lowest.
• The uninsured rate for the West increased to 17.4 percent in 2008. That’s up from 16.9 percent in 2007.
• For 2005-2007, the uninsured rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives was higher than for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
• For (2006-2008), 32 percent of people who reported American Indian and Alaska Native as their race didn’t have coverage.
• The three-year (2006-2008) average uninsured rate for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders was 18.5 percent.
Highest income bracket: Households earning 75-thousand or more had an 8 percent uninsured rate.
• Lowest income bracket: Households earning 25-thousand or less had a 25 percent uninsured rate.
(If you find any discrepancies/mistakes in the numbers, please let me know. My brain gets addled after dealing with too many statistics. That’s why my brothers studied math and I studied English Literature).