U.S. Poverty Rate Drops; Ranks of Uninsured Grow
Census Data Show Mixed View of Post-Recession Economy
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 29, 2007; Page A03
The nation’s poverty rate declined last year for the first time this decade, but the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record 47 million, according to annual census figures released yesterday.
edged out New Jersey
as the nation’s richest state, with a median household income of $65,144. The Washington region ranked second among metropolitan areas, with three suburban Washington counties — Fairfax
and Howard — maintaining their status as the nation’s wealthiest large counties. Montgomery
and Prince William counties
also registered in the top 10.
Well, what to make of THAT? The home territory of out legislators and the lobbyists who feed them, triumphant at last.
And the uninsured? What of them? They are, to a very large extent the fodder upon which grind the mechanisms of wealth
- Unconstrained pharmaceutical companies
- Unnecessary medical industry middlemen
- Privatized hospitals
- A huge and interventionist (unnecessary as well) insurance industry
$2 trillion–that’s two thousand billion ANNUALLY–$6,700 per citizen in order to enjoy the 37th best health care in the world. All of which comes to you courtesy of the wealthiest spot in America; the surrounds of Washington, D.C.