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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