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Obamacare pushes nation's health uninsured rate to record low 8.6 percent

Thursday, September 08, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The rate of Americans who lack health insurance has hit a record low — again — as a result of Obamacare.

In the first quarter of 2016, there were 8.6 percent of Americans — or about 27.3 million people — who were uninsured, the first time in history that the nation's uninsured rate fell below 9 percent.

In 2010, the year that the Affordable Care Act became law, 48.6 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, lacked insurance. Since then, the uninsured rate has been cut almost in half, and the trend has only continued this year.

The National Health Interview Survey released late Tuesday shows that as of the first quarter of 2016, 1.3 million fewer people than in 2015 lacked health insurance.

And there are now 21.3 million fewer uninsured persons than there were in 2010, according to the survey, which is conducted by a division of federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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