Poverty is Down

Poverty is down in the US.

What’s most interesting about this story is how it spins the lower rate of poverty into more people don’t have health insurance. Quotes from Hillary Rodham Clinton mention that in 1993, 39 million people didn’t have health insurance. That number has increased in 15 years to approximately 46 million.

What struck me was the lack of mention of the increase in population of the US in that time frame.

In the 1990 census, the population of the US was around 248 million, give or take a couple hundred thousand.

Estimated population in 2006 was just shy of 300 million, an increase in fifty million people over that time period.

In case you don’t want to do that math, we added roughly 7 million uninsured, which is an increase of 17 percent, since 1993.

Our population has grown 50 million,  an increase in population of 20 percent.

Seems like that should have been mentioned in the story. As the country grows, seems like the number of uninsured would as well. And as a percentage of population, the number of uninsured is LOWER than it was in 1993.

Great reporting Steven Ohlemacher.


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