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Date:3/24/2009

9 percent, with wages in the U.S. increasing just 10 percent over the period.

"The rising cost of health care has largely been borne by workers who are not getting raises because of it and employers who are seeing these costs eat into their profit margins," said Lavizzo-Mourey. "Fixing our broken health care system is a critical part of fixing the economy, but it will not happen overnight and it won't be easy. Fortunately, a lot of people are working together this time - government and business, doctors and patients, Democrats and Republicans - so that we can achieve real reform. When all Americans have access to affordable health care, everyone will benefit."

The report with state-specific data is being released during Cover the Uninsured Week, a nonpartisan campaign organized by RWJF to advocate for health coverage for all Americans. Now in its seventh year, Cover the Uninsured Week (March 22-28) has become the largest, nonpartisan mobilization in history seeking solutions for the millions of Americans who are uninsured. Thousands of people will participate in Cover the Uninsured Week events held across the nation. To learn more, log on to www.CoverTheUninsured.org.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care th
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