Ranks of Uninsured Grow; Poverty Rate Soars

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2009 11:11 AM CDT
Patients await their turn for medical care at the St. John's Well Child and Family Center, which oversees clinics that treat Los Angeles' poor and uninsured.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – The number of uninsured Americans rose to 46.3 million last year, up from 45.7 million in 2007, as the poverty rate hit an 11-year high, the Census Bureau announced today. The poverty rate was 13.2% for 2008, up from 12.5% in 2007, the largest annual jump since 2004. The White House says the figures underscore the need for health care reform and the importance of the stimulus, reports the Wall Street Journal.