Actually the majority of the 5 million are now ensured by their new employers. The 5 million figure includes everyone who was out of work long enough to lose coverage. And... interestingly enough... almost all of them could have continued coverage under COBRA or HIPAA.
On a general topic...
In tonight's debate the split screen would have been to Edwards detriment and it's interesting that the networks chose tonight to go without it. CSPAN used the split, and throughout most of Cheney's comments you could see Edwards mugging and posturing in a way that showed him for the arrogant jerk that he is. Sometimes public perception turns on the smallest thing like Gore's 'stalking' moment and Bush staring him down. Edward's mugging had the potential to be just that sort of moment. Anyone who saw that split screen tonight would have a hard time liking him. Sadly, only CSPAN's viewers saw it.
So the 40 million that do not have health insurance? Where teh heck did taht coem from? What if I take time off? Also, Edwards said poverty is (1 out of 2 kids?) I can't remember, but you would think we lived in Bangladesh listening to him.
ABC showed the split screen quite often. Really bad for Kedwards.
Somebody needs to show the boy how to hold a coffee cup.
And what was with Kedwards ripping paper during some of the last Cheney statements???
We did see once (& hear twice) Edwards ripping out a sheet from his legal pad - an obvious cheap attempt at distraction and a transparent sign of his contempt for the VP.
This was billed as 'Shrek vs. Breck.' That was half true - Edwards didn't even have a good hair day, let alone a debate that would inspire any thinking person to put him anywhere near the helm of our ship of state!
We had split screen on our ABC channel. Edwards gave some wonderful faces for the camera.