Uninsured rate hits record low under ObamaCare

Uninsured rate hits record low under ObamaCare
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The uninsured rate fell to 9.1 percent in 2015, a record low, according to a new survey. 

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The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the latest evidence of a steep drop in the uninsured rate due to ObamaCare’s coverage expansion. 

The uninsured rate was 14.4 percent in 2013, before the main ObamaCare provisions went into effect. 

The difference from then until 2015 translates to 16.2 million more people with health insurance. 

A separate estimate from economists at the Department of Health and Human Services in March found that 20 million people have gained coverage due to ObamaCare. 

But the CDC survey shows that 28.6 million remained uninsured in 2015. 

The data show gains in enrollment in both public and private coverage. But whether a state expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare is a dividing line in how high the coverage gains were.

Thirty-one states so far have accepted the expansion of eligibility for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income Americans, and the Obama administration is urging more to do so. 

The uninsured rate dropped 8.6 percentage points, from 18.4 percent to 9.8 percent, in states that expanded Medicaid. 

It dropped 5.2 percentage points, from 22.7 percent to 17.5 percent, in states that did not expand the program.