Sept. 27, 2004 – The number of people without health insurance in a two-year period has risen by more than 14 million during President Bushâ€™s term, and health-care advocates are responding by vigorously working for his defeat in the November elections.
The number of people without health insurance at any point in a two-year period rose from 72.5 million in 1999 and 2000 to 85.2 million during 2003-2004, according to a new report released by Families USA, an advocacy organization. A US Census Bureau report released last month found that 45 million people were uninsured throughout all of 2003, an increase of five million over 2000.
The Families USA report also found that worker premiums among those fortunate enough to have health insurance rose almost 36 percent over the past four years. In 26 states, including so-called "swing states" like Wisconsin and Minnesota, premiums increased more than 40 percent.