The working uninsured
USA Today spotlights the diversity of the uninsured, a group that includes "the poor and the well-off, the employed and the jobless, the young and the middle-aged." Nearly all the people they profile are working, don't have access to insurance from an employer, and earn too much for Medicaid. That description -- uninsured workers who live above the poverty level -- fits an awful lot of freelancers. As the article points out, "health reform is back on the agenda — from President Bush's State of the Union speech to stump speeches from presidential candidates." Freelancers as a constituency live at the intersection of a hot social/political issue and a growing demographic. We believe -- and intend -- that independent workers' issues will become ever more a part of the national conversation.