Census to release uninsured data

Aug. 25, 2008 at 9:23 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release Tuesday its annual estimate of the number of Americans without health insurance.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Monday that the census report is expected to conflict with other estimates done by the federal government and a handful of states.

While the surveys differ in size and methodology, they all have one thing in common. They found that more than 30 million people in the United States have been uninsured for a full year.

The surveys also have found that most of the uninsured work in low-wage jobs, and cannot afford to purchase health insurance, the newspaper said.

Tom Miller, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said there are multiple reasons for people lacking health insurance, and there needs to be a multifaceted solution to the problem.

"There are multiple solutions that need to be applied," Miller said. "The sweeping 'I have a solution' tends to obscure the parts of the problem."

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