Signups for Obamacare on the Rise
The US Census Bureau just released new data showing that the number of people with health coverage has risen substantially since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.
The latest data, which shows coverage by county through the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates program, shows that between 2014 and 2015, for the population under age 65, the estimated uninsured rate decreased in 2,239 counties, or 71.3 percent of all U.S. counties. For the population of working-age adults, aged 18 to 64, living at or below 138 percent of poverty, the estimated uninsured rate decreased in 1,729 counties, or 55.1 percent of all U.S. counties.
Significantly, in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility, 85.5 percent of counties had a decrease in their estimated uninsured rate compared with 31.3 percent of counties in states that did not expand.
Americans want and deserve access to affordable health coverage; for some, it’s a matter of life and death.
It’s had a direct impact on Pennsylvania. In its first year of implementation here, the Affordable Care Act saved $92 million in uncompensated care costs. Additionally, the rate of uninsured Pennsylvanians is at its lowest levels ever.
So it’s outrageous that Republican-led Congress and the Trump Administration are so determined to dismantle this landmark health coverage program. While they failed to bring a repeal to vote before Congress last month, we know they will try again.
A repeal of Obamacare puts 1 million Pennsylvanians at risk of losing their health coverage —716,000 Medicaid recipients and 400,000 who have coverage through the heath exchange.
Additionally, it’s estimated that a repeal will result in a $2 billion budget deficit by 2020.
In March, I joined Wolf Administration officials to detail the consequences of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The impact would be swift and it would be devastating. I will keep fighting to protect Pennsylvanians’ health coverage.
Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes