16.4M people have gained health coverage since 2013


New data show that 16.4 million people have gained health insurance since ObamaCare’s main coverage provisions went into effect in 2013. 

{mosads}The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the uninsured rate is near a record low, at 8.9 percent, just slightly higher than the 8.6 percent record in the first quarter of this year. 

In 2013, it was 14.4 percent. 

Still, the survey finds that the sharp drop in the uninsured rate since ObamaCare began appears to be leveling off. The uninsured rate has fallen just 0.2 percentage points since last year. 

That slowdown comes as growth in signups for coverage on ObamaCare’s marketplaces also falls. The administration hopes to add about 1 million people for next year in the signup period that began Tuesday, from 12.7 million to 13.8 million. 

But that goal could still be difficult to achieve. Some analysts have even predicted a slight decline in signups given that premium increases could drive away some of the minority of enrollees who do not receive financial assistance to cushion the blow. 

The CDC data also find a steeper drop in the uninsured rate for states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare. 

In states that expanded the program, the uninsured rate fell about 10 percentage points, to 8.8 percent. In states that decline to expand, it fell 6.6 percentage points, to 15.4 percent. 

The Obama administration has urged the remaining 19 states to expand the program. 


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