According to the latest Census Bureau report, there were more than 41 million uninsured Americans in the year 2001, an increase of 1.4 million after two years of declining figures.  Eight out of 10 were in working families.  In most cases, the primary wage earner in the household either had a job that offered no health coverage or the premiums were unaffordable.  In general, because the uninsured do not have access to needed medical care, they live less healthy lives and die younger than those with health coverage.  

The JCPA has long been committed to a broad social justice agenda, including advocating for policies and programs to address the needs of disenfranchised vulnerable populations.  In this time of economic downturn and with the focus on the War on Terrorism, new economic pressures are likely to swell the ranks of the poor and increase their needs.

Thus, in keeping with its commitment to support policies and programs that guarantee healthcare to all Americans, the JCPA

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