Yesterday, the US Census Bureau released a major report that outlines poverty and other issues in this country including health care coverage. The stats are for 2008. Looking through it today, one thing really stuck out:
Over one-third of Americans are already covered by “government health insurance”.
Over one-third. 255.1 million Americans have health insurance and 87.4 million are “covered by government health insurance”. That’s 34.3%!
And Republicans are worried that the federal government is “taking over” health care? Really?
And, actually, the number is probably higher than that. As pointed out in an article in the Detroit Free Press today:
…the numbers do not reflect the economic downturn in the first half of 2009 when hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their jobs and health insurance.…