Study Finds More in U.S. Lack Health Insurance
A study based on Census Bureau data and released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Families USA reveals that the true extent of the health-care crisis in America is even worse than the bleak picture already being painted (see WIT's for Jan. 20 and 14, 2003, Sep. 6 and March 28, 2002, and Sep. 7, 2001). Not only were almost one-third of young and middle-aged Americans uninsured at some point during the past two years, over sixty percent of the 75 million people who went without insurance did so for at least half a year, and twenty-five percent were uninsured for the entire period. Perhaps the most disturbing finding in the study was the fact that just under eighty percent of the non-elderly Americans who lacked health insurance at some point during 2001 and 2002 were workers, or had at least one parent who worked.