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Current trends indicate employment-based health insurance – the most common form of health insurance coverage – is slowly eroding and will likely continue to do so.

According to new research from the nonpartisan Employee Benefits Research Institute, 61 percent of working-age Americans (including workers and their family members) had health coverage through a job in 2008, down 1 percentage point from a year earlier. That’s also more than 7 percentage points from the high of 68 percent in 2000, and lower than the 64 percent level of 1994, when former President Clinton last attempted health reform. Research implies a weak economy and growing unemployment will fuel this continuing decline.

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