About 82 million Americans had no health insurance at some point during 2002 and 2003, according to consumer group FamiliesUSA, which criticized the federal government's presentation of data on the uninsured. According to a widely quoted Census Bureau estimate, 43.6 million Americans were uninsured on any given day in 2002. FamiliesUSA said the figure does not accurately reflect the many people who were uninsured for only part of the year. Using mainly Census Bureau data, the consumer group calculated that one out of three people under 65 had no insurance for all or part of the two-year period. In 14 states, the proportion of uninsured was higher. The worst were California and Texas, with 11.9 million and 8.5 million residents, respectively, who lacked insurance for more than six months during the period. Read the report. -- by Jeff Tieman
Group: Uninsured situation worse than portrayed
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