Impromptu Post

In Good Enough For Government, Matt on September 19, 2010 by Two Barbers

Adjunct to Good Enough fo Government

This Friday’s …Government post included something of a salad bar on federal activity from the week. Normally, it’s supposed to highlight just one and be done. But sometimes the mood to widen the frame around multiple functions strikes and so a couple are mentioned, and this seems to be more than enough, considering the ONE function standard. However, the Census Bureau’s report on poverty, which was intended to be included but slipped my mind in the last minute (it was really, really late when I wrote it), seems to be a very important thing, and is good to be spread, whether it be early, late, or outside of the regular box set up to display such things.

So, there has been a lot of news since Thursday covering the report titled Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009. (The link is to the actually report, which is 29 pages, not including appendices, etc., and which I did not read.) Most likely, though, neither did any of the media either. I’m thinking the top, national ones probably have some sort of expert go through and analyze it, though. The Census Bureau issued a press release summarizing it.

The statistics in view were for 2009. The poverty rate, 14.3% or 43.6 million, is at its highest since 1994 but is 8.1 percentage points lower than it was in 1959, the first year the stats were calculated. The number of Americans with health insurance went from 255.1 million in 2008 to 253.6 million in 2009, the first time there has been a decrease int he figure since data was first collected in 1987. The increase in the percentage of Americans, from 13.2%, is enough to be considered “statistically significant”, which pretty much means that it’s no bull shit…or at least statistically speaking.


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