HEALTH INSURANCE: More Americans are Without Coverage

In 2018, for the first time in 10 years, more Americans did not have health insurance, according to the Census Bureau.

Contributing to the shift was the Trump administration’s continued efforts to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act and ramp up requirements for Medicaid.

The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that about 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, did not have health insurance in 2018. That’s up 7.9 percent from 2017. This marked the first increase in uninsured since 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was passed. (The New York Times)

Hot Takes:

  • There was some good news. The same report showed that the number of people living in poverty in the U.S. dropped to 11.8 percent, the lowest since 2001.
  • Before the Affordable Care Act was established, 15 percent of Americans were without coverage.
  • Shouldn’t politicians take note of this and make some changes?