Senior Research Analyst
Even as Republican congressional leaders plan to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), our new paper shows that all groups in the nation have made historic gains in health coverage since the ACA’s major coverage expansions took effect in 2014. Here are the main takeaways:
While the Census data used in our report only go through 2015, data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health Interview Survey show that the uninsured rate was 8.9 percent for the first half of 2016 — the lowest since the CDC began collecting data in 1997 and more than two-fifths below the peak of 16.0 percent in 2010.
While our report focuses on coverage gains under the ACA, a recent Urban Institute report models the impact of partially repealing the ACA, as under a bill similar to the reconciliation bill that President Obama vetoed in 2016. It finds that in 2019, the number of uninsured would rise by nearly 30 million (and more than double), relative to current law. Together, these reports show the ACA’s critical value in reducing the ranks of the uninsured.