While close to a dozen bills introduced during the previous legislative session aim to shrink the number of uninsured Americans, only a handful of them would come close to doing so, according to an independent analysis sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund and conducted by the Lewin Group. If combined, bills by Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), who aims to ensure coverage for children; and Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Sen. Edward Kennedy
(D-Mass.), who seek a Medicare for all type system, would cover the projected 48.9 million uninsured Americans by 2010, according to the report. Several other bills, including two from DemocratsOregon Sen. Ron Wydens Healthy Americans Act and Montana Sen. Max Baucus recently released legislative reform packagewould make a significant dent in the number of uninsured. Proposals by Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) are also cited in the report as bills that could also make a significant dent in the number of uninsured.