Holding Steady

Uninsured Rate Holds Firm Despite Trump Attacks on Obamacare

The number of Americans with health-care insurance remained mostly unchanged despite relentless attacks on the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration, which previously declared the law “dead.” Results of a government survey on health-insurance status, published Tuesday, show the uninsured rate remained largely the same—at 9.1 percent—in the first year of the Trump presidency. The new figures come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which keeps track of the number of Americans with and without insurance every quarter. Obamacare has substantially reduced the number of Americans without insurance, with the report showing 19.3 million fewer people were living without health insurance in 2017 compared with 2010.