CDC REPORT: Number of Americans without health insurance grows larger

ObamaCare is on the brink.  That’s what experts say, as insurers continue pull from the Affordable Care Act put into place by former the former president.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says nearly 28-million Americans were uninsured during the first three months of the year.

According to the CDC, 8.8 percent of the U.S. population was uninsured from January through March, equating to about 28 million people, 5.3 percent of them children age 17 and younger.

Although that number is a reduction of around 500,000 people when compared to the same period last year, the CDC doesn’t find the decline “significant.”

There are now 20.5 million fewer people uninsured in the first 3 months of 2017 compared with 2010, the year ObamaCare was thrust upon the nation. In 2010, there were 48.6 million uninsured citizens.

Of those reported as uninsured, the report found “adults aged 24-34 were almost twice as likely as adults aged 45-64 to lack health insurance coverage.”

When comparing economic status, the CDC reports those “near poor” showed slightly more uninsured persons as those that were listed as “poor.” They report:

“In the first 3 months of 2017, among adults aged 18–64, 22.6% of those who were poor, 23.0% of those who were near poor, and 7.8% of those who were not poor lacked health insurance coverage at the time of interview.”

Under ObamaCare, states have the option to expand Medicaid coverage to those with low income. These are called “expansion states.” The number of people on Medicaid did not experience a decline in expansion states, although there was a slight decline in non-expansion states. According to the CDC:

“In the first 3 months of 2017, adults aged 18–64 residing in Medicaid expansion states were less likely to be uninsured than those residing in nonexpansion states. In Medicaid expansion states, the percentage of uninsured adults decreased, from 18.4% in 2013 to 8.6% in the first 3 months of 2017. 

“In nonexpansion states, the percentage of uninsured adults decreased, from 22.7% in 2013 to 17.5% in 2015. The observed increase in the percentage of uninsured adults from 17.5% in 2015 to 18.4% in the first 3 months of 2017, was not significant.”

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