Politico, September 12, 2018
Rachel Roubein

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The rate of uninsured Americans held firm at 8.8 percent last year despite the GOP's repeated efforts to undercut Obamacare, according to new Census Bureau data.

The new numbers, which represent the first full year of government data under the Trump administration, shows the uninsured rate leveled off, even as President Donald Trump attacked the law and Congress mounted unsuccessful attempts to repeal it last year.

The number of uninsured Americans has substantially decreased since enactment of Obamacare. The first year the law's coverage expansion took hold, in 2014, the uninsured rate dipped from 13.3 percent to 10.4 percent, according to the Census Bureau. The rate had continued to decrease slightly, with the number hovering close to 9 percent in 2015 and 2016.

Health care experts said that Trump administration policies enacted since last fall, after the repeal effort failed, could push up the uninsured rate this year. This includes the gutting of Obamacare's individual mandate and the approval of Medicaid work requirements, which could result in tens of thousands of low-income people losing coverage in some states. [...]

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