Number of Americans without health insurance in 2006

The breaking news on for August 28 reads:

The number of people in the U.S. without health insurance coverage rose to 47 million in 2006, or 15.8% of the population, up from 44.8 million, or 15.3%, in 2005, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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This surge in the uninsured continues to affect the healthcare cash crunch, causing the underpaid and slow-paid healthcare institutions to struggle to pay their vendors.