CDC: Uninsured Rates Hold Steady After One Year Of Trump
Source: The Hill
The uninsured rate in the first three months of 2018 held steady compared to the same time frame last year, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In the first three months of 2018, 8.8 percent of people of all ages were uninsured, or 28.3 million people, according to the report.
There was no “significant change,” the CDC said, from the same period last year, when 9.1 percent of people, or 29.3 million, were uninsured.
The uninsured rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically since the passage of ObamaCare.
In 2010, the year before the Affordable Care Act went fully into effect, 16 percent of people did not have insurance.
The steady rates come despite several policy changes made to ObamaCare by the Trump administration.
It shortened the open enrollment period for 2018, cut funding to local groups that sign people up for coverage and ended ObamaCare insurer subsidies, among other actions.
The number of people enrolled in ObamaCare plans remained relatively small compared to how many people get insurance through work.
Of the 178.7 million who were covered by private health insurance in the first three months of 2018, only 9.7 million had ObamaCare plans, indicating that changes made to ObamaCare would not have a large impact on the overall uninsured rate.
The impacts of Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate are still unknown, as it doesn’t take effect until January 2019, but some experts think it could cause people to drop coverage.
Filed Under: ACA/Health Reform