Census: Number Of Uninsured Passed 46 Million Last Year : The Two-Way The number of Americans without health insurance passed 46 million last year, Census Bureau says.
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Census: Number Of Uninsured Passed 46 Million Last Year

"The number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 45.7 million in 2007 to 46.3 million in 2008, while the percentage remained unchanged at 15.4%," the Census Bureau just reported.

President Barack Obama is expected to comment on the report, and repeat his call for an overhaul of the nation's health care system, in a few moments.

Update at 10:35 a.m. ET: The president just noted that the number might be even higher. "Since the recession intensified last September, the situation has grown worse," he said.