Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance – Forbes.com
The problems of the uninsured are particularly acute among children. The percent and the number of children under 18 without health insurance increased to 11.7 percent from 10.9 percent from 2005 to 2006, and to 8.7 million from 8 million, respectively.
“The number of children covered by private insurance decreased from 65.8 percent in 2005 to 64.6 percent in 2006,” Johnson said. “The increase in the uninsured rate can be attributed to the decline in private coverage.”
Moreover, 19.3 percent of children in poverty had no health insurance.