Number Of Uninsured Inflated Since 1995

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    red states rule Senior Member

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    The number of uninsured is much lower then the left says.

    Census data count as “uninsured” adults and children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

    Illegal aliens are generally included in Census estimates.

    Folks who decline medical benefits through their work place are included

    Now, the Census folks are starting to admit the numbers are inflated

    Census has overstated number of uninsured people since '95
    By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | March 24, 2007

    WASHINGTON -- The government's estimate of the number of Americans without health insurance fell by nearly 2 million yesterday, but not because anyone got health coverage.

    The Census Bureau said it has been overstating the number of people without health insurance since 1995.

    The bureau attributed the inflated numbers to a 12-year-old computer programming error.

    The bureau reissued figures for 2005 and 2004 yesterday.

    It plans to issue new numbers for every affected year in August, when the 2006 numbers are scheduled for release.

    Health insurance statistics are widely cited in debates over the nation's system of healthcare, which is expected to be a big issue in the 2008 presidential election.

    The revised estimates show that 44.8 million people, or 15.3 percent of the population, were without health insurance in 2005.

    The original estimate was 46.6 million, or about 15.9 percent of the population.

    "The total impact is small," said Ruth Cymber, the agency's director of communications.

    She said similar reductions are expected in previous years, leaving historical trends unchanged.

    In 2005, the percentage of people without health insurance was at its highest point since 1998, according to the original numbers.

    Workers discovered the programming error when they were updating the computer system for the bureau's Current Population Survey, which yields data on income, employment, and health insurance coverage.

    Some residents were counted as "not covered" by insurance when they had reported coverage.

    No other questions in the survey were affected, Cymber said.

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