US Uninsured Rate Steady At 12.2% In Fourth Quarter Of 2017

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

The U.S. uninsured rate was essentially unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2017, despite President Donald Trump’s attempts to undercut Obamacare.

The percentage of adults without health insurance ticked up marginally in 2017, growing 1.3 percent, according to a Gallup and Sharecare poll released Tuesday morning. That uptick equates to roughly 3.2 million fewer Americans with health insurance.

The 1.3 percentage rate increase in 2017 is the largest single-year increase in the uninsured rate since Gallup and Sharecare began tracking it in 2008.

Black and Hispanic Americans, people ages 18 to 25 and people with household income less than $36,000 per year represented the largest losses in coverage.

Trump signed Republican’s tax reform bill into law in December, a bill that notably repealed Obamacare’s mandate that required adult Americans to obtain health insurance.

Trump’s administration also cut the enrollment period for Obamacare in half, dramatically reduced the program’s advertising and navigator budgets and stopped reimbursements for insurance companies.

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