The government's estimate of the number of Americans without health insurance fell by nearly 2 million yesterday, but not because anyone got health coverage.2 million today, how many in August (when the 2006 numbers will be released) and later when the revised numbers are released for the years from 1995 - 2003? We dunno. It's not a huge percentage wise number but it's damn these numbers affected a presidential election and years of debate. And they're wrong.
The Census Bureau said it has been overstating the number of people without health insurance since 1995.
The bureau attributed the inflated numbers to a 12-year-old computer programming error.
The bureau reissued figures for 2005 and 2004 yesterday.