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Crisis of the Uninsured: 2009

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Publication Date: September 2009

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Devon Herrick

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Series: BA676

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: health reform; uninsured; healthcare

Type: Brief


One of the primary goals of health reform is to ensure that all Americans have health insurance. Yet it is generally overlooked that the proportion of Americans without health coverage has been relatively stable over time. According to the Census Bureau, in 2008 the number of individuals in the United States lacking health coverage rose from 45.7 million to 46.3 million. The proportion of uninsured Americans remained virtually unchanged, rising from 15.3 percent to 15.4 percent.