Maloney: New Census Report Shows High Stakes for New Yorkers in Health Care Reform

Sep 10, 2009
Press Release
Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Washington D.C. -  Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney released the following statement on the release of the Census Bureau’s annual report on income, poverty, and health insurance.  The report shows that at the end of the Bush Administration, the number of uninsured Americans rose to over 46 million nationwide.  In New York, 2.6 million, or 13.6 percent of the population did not have health insurance.   “These grim numbers reiterate what New Yorkers have been saying for quite some time: we need to reform our healthcare system and we can’t afford to wait any longer,” said Congresswoman Maloney.  “On Wednesday, President Obama outlined a vision for health care which would bring the over two and a half million uninsured New Yorkers into the system, while guaranteeing that those who prefer their private coverage will not be forced to change their plans.  New Yorkers deserve health care which is secure and sustainable, and it’s time for Congress to act.”  

The Census Bureau releases their annual study on Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Coverage and it provides the gold standard in government data on family wellness issues.  The Bush Administration’s record of failed economic policies are put in perspective through this report, which includes data through the end of 2008.  Through the eight years of the Bush Presidency, New Yorkers didn’t see any income growth, nor was the poverty rate reduced.  The report was the subject of a hearing of The Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Maloney.  Information about the hearing can be found at www.jec.senate.gov.  
Fast Facts from the Census Report:
·    Income: Median household income in New York was $50,643 for 2007-2008, as compared to the national median household income of $51,233. Median household incomes in the surrounding states of New Jersey and Connecticut were substantially higher, at $64,070 and $65,644 respectively. Median household income for New Yorkers did not change significantly between 1999-2000 and 2007-2008.
·    Poverty: 14.3 percent of New Yorkers (2.7 million people) were poor in 2007-2008. Poverty in New York was 1.4 percentage points above the national poverty rate of 12.9 percent in 2007-2008, and was more than 5 percentage points higher than the poverty rates in New Jersey and Connecticut. The poverty rate in New York did not change significantly between 1999-2000 and 2007-2008.
·    Health Insurance Coverage: 13.6 percent of all New Yorkers (2.6 million people) were uninsured in 2007-2008. The share of uninsured New Yorkers was 1.7 percentage points lower than the share of the national population without health insurance over the 2007-2008 period (15.3 percent). While the percent of New Yorkers without health insurance in 2007-2008 was lower than the share of New Jersey residents without health insurance (14.9 percent), it was substantially higher than the share of Connecticut residents without health insurance (9.7 percent).






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