Despite Bush’s campaign claim that the economy has turned a corner, the number of poor in America and the number of Americans without health insurance continues to increase.
New Census Bureau figures indicate that the number of Americans living in poverty grew by 1,300,000 last year, bringing the total to 35,800,000 Americans, or about 12.5% of the population.
The increase in the number of American children living in poverty is even more dramatic: an increase of about 800,000 from the previous year.
The number of Americans without health insurance grew by 1,400,000.
More Info: Download the just-released report Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States: 2003.
Or, download Chapter 8 of The Great Divide: Women, Children, and the Poor in Metro America