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    There was no health care crisis prior to the Affordable Care Act


    From 2000-2007, the number of uninsured in America grew by 7 million

    In the mid-2000s, tens of millions of people were uninsured or underinsured. Cathy Schoen, senior vice president of The Commonwealth Fund, said in 2009 congressional testimony, “From 2000 to 2007, a time of relatively low unemployment, the number uninsured increased by 7 million.” She also noted:

    From 2003 to 2007, the number of adults who were insured all year but were underinsured increased by 60 percent. Based on those who incur high out-of-pocket costs relative to their income not counting premiums despite having coverage all year, an estimated 25 million adults under age 65 were underinsured in 2007.