It is well known that the ranks of the uninsured have been swelling; federal figures show an increase of 6.8 million since 2000.
But the surprise is that the uninsured are not necessarily the poor, the unemployed and the undocumented.
Solidly middle-class people like Ms. Readling are one of the fastest growing subgroups. And that is one reason, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, that the problems of the uninsured have jumped to the top of the domestic political agenda in Washington and on the campaign trail.
Today, more than one-third of the uninsured – 17 million of the nearly 47 million – have family incomes of $40,000 or more, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a nonpartisan organization. More than two-thirds of the uninsured are in households with at least one full-time worker.
Read the article: Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile
by Robert Pear ~ The New York Times ~ 03-05-07