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In Case You Missed It: Under Trump, Uninsured Rate Increases For First Time Since Implementation Of Affordable Care Act

By December 11, 2018No Comments

Last Friday, analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation illuminated the impact of the Trump Administration’s non-stop sabotage on Americans’ health care: the number of uninsured nonelderly adults increased by nearly 700,000 in 2017.

After repeatedly attempting and failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and congressional Republicans pursued a relentless effort to sabotage the law. Kaiser’s analysis of the uninsured rate shows that Republicans’ sabotage agenda has jeopardized Americans’ access to care, particularly in states that refused to expand Medicaid. Take a look at Kaiser’s key findings below:

In 2017, The Uninsured Rate Increased For The First Time Since 2010. “As early provisions of the ACA went into effect in 2010, and as the economy improved, the number of uninsured people and uninsured rate began to drop. When the major ACA coverage provisions went into effect in 2014, the number of uninsured and uninsured rate dropped dramatically and continued to fall through 2016, when just below 27 million people (10% of the nonelderly population) lacked coverage…In 2017, the uninsured rate reversed course and, for the first time since the passage of the ACA, rose significantly to 10.2%.”

More People Became Uninsured In States That Refused To Expand Medicaid. “Changes in the uninsured rate in the set of states that expanded Medicaid were essentially flat overall…In contrast, the uninsured rate in states that did not expand Medicaid increased both overall (rising by 0.6 percentage points) and for most groups.”