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Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Poverty rate and those without medical insurance just keep growing

The number of Americans without medical insurance rose for a fourth straight year to a record and the poverty rate climbed, a government report showed.

The U.S. Census bureau said 45.8 million Americans lacked medical benefits last year, compared with 45 million in 2003. The number of people living in poverty last year rose by 1.1 million to 12.7 percent of the population from 12.5 percent in 2003, according to a report today.

Sister Mary Catherine Farqensnark of the Order of Unmerciful Insufferability takes a break from her crusade against the murderers of insensate embryos and sperms and eggs that would like to be embryos to provide a lesson in irony. Sr. Mary Catherine snarks about people who read economic news through political prisms with this sterling example of wit and wisdom: Good Sister notes that those perverse readers of economic news might take the ascending poverty rate and the declining rate of those who can afford medical insurance as a negative sign. Her argument is that a negligible .2 of a percent more people fell into poverty during our current economic boom, a mere 1.2 million, a sure indicator of a burgeoning economy. Sister Mary Catherine sees this as a boon because it means another 1.2 million people who will be forced to take her order's vows of poverty.
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