Rise in Poverty in the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new data on income, poverty and health insurance today and as expected the new isn’t very good. The number of people living in poverty rose from 37.3 million in 2007 to 39.8 million in 2008, and the poverty rate rose from 12.5% to 13.2%, the highest level in eleven years.Continue reading “Rise in Poverty in the U.S.”

Politics, politics…and who always loses?

Have you heard the one about the origin of the word, “politics?”   It comes from “poly,” which means many, and “tics,” those blood-sucking parasites….. I tell you, I get back from a trip overseas for a couple weeks and when I get back it seems like the crazies have taken over the political scene.  WeContinue reading “Politics, politics…and who always loses?”

Layoffs increase the ranks of the uninsured

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the U.S. went up 1.6 points from September 2008 to January 2009, which would mean according to these estimates that the number of people without health insurance increased by about 1.7 million. Clearly, the economic meltdown is affecting all sectors of our society and placing strains on already-overburdened safety net systems.