U.S. health care worse off

MLive.com: NewsFlash – Group: U.S. health care worse off

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But in 26 states, including closely contested Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and Wisconsin, premiums paid by workers increased more than 40 percent since 2000, the report said.

At the same time, the number of Americans younger than 65 who spent more than a quarter of their earnings on health care increased by 22 percent.

The number of people without health insurance in a two-year period also rose substantially during the Bush administration, from 72.5 million in 1999 and 2000 to 85.2 million during 2003-2004. The latter figure represents more than a third of Americans younger than 65, and thus not covered by the Medicare program.

In Texas, nearly half of non-elderly people lacked insurance in the two-year period, by far the largest percentage of any state.

In sheer numbers, 9.2 million Texans were uninsured at some point during the two years, topped only by California, which had 12.2 million people in the most recent period.

Other states where Kerry and Bush are campaigning hard that had large numbers of uninsured were Michigan (2.7 million), Ohio (2.9 million) and Pennsylvania (2.8 million).

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