- From 2000 to 2008, the proportion without insurance rose from 13.7 to 15.4 percent.
- The numbers of uninsured working age adults (18-64 years old) increased from 19.6 percent to 20.3 percent between 2007 and 2008, an increase of more than 1.5 million people.
As bad as many of the numbers listed above are, it is likely that even more people are living in poverty today than when the census was taken. More people living in poverty means that there are even more people going without insurance. Health reform is crucial to bring down costs and provide affordable options for individuals who simply cannot afford coverage.