Despite ongoing Republican conniption fits over Obamacare, more Americans now have health insurance than ever before.
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of uninsured Americans has reached a historic low. The study looked at the time from January to March of this year and found that only 8.6 percent of Americans lacked health insurance, down from 9.1 percent at this time last year. This equals out to about 27 million people who say they have no health insurance coverage.
This now holds the record as the lowest rate of uninsured ever recorded.
When the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, the rate of uninsured was almost double this, with the number of Americans without health insurance standing at 16 percent.
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) September 7, 2016
Even with this drastic decline, the numbers of uninsured may have plummeted even more if Republican governors had not been so hell bent on seeing the ACA fail that they were willing to sacrifice their constituents. States that had participated in the Medicaid expansion saw their rate of uninsured citizens drop from 18.4 percent in 2013 to 9.2 percent in 2016. A total of 19 states opted out of the Medicaid expansion and decided they would rather let their resident just die. But even these states had a smaller, although still significant, fall in their uninsured rates as well, from 22.7 percent in 2013 to 16.7 percent in 2016.
Republicans have fought Obamacare tooth and nail since the very beginning. They have tried to repeal the ACA more times than I care to count. Insurance companies have done their best to help destroy the program as well. Still, despite all the obstacles, the numbers prove that the Affordable Care Act is working. More Americans than ever before are covered by health insurance, which also means that fewer Americans than ever before will have to face the choice of financial ruin or death should illness strike. This is a choice no one in the United States should ever have to make. No matter how you look at it, this means that Obamacare is a success.
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