New Uninsurance and Poverty NUmbers

New news about old economic reality: “The U.S. Census Bureau said the number of uninsured Americans increased in 2008 to 46.3 million, compared to 45.7 million in 2007. The bureau also said the U.S poverty rate of 13.2% in 2008 was an increase from 12.5% in 2007.”

And of course economic conditions were better in 2008 than they are today in 2009. The good news is that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is keeping at least six million people out of poverty so things aren’t as bad as they might have been.