Obamacare Repeal: Uninsured Number Of Americans Reach Record Low; Will Repeal Really Push Through?

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald February 15, 11:29 pm
Despite efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act now, the number of uninsured Americans continue to decrease.
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The Obamacare repeal remains uncertain as there are rifts among the GOP lawmakers. Amid this, the rate of uninsured Americans reached a record low.

CNBC reported a new survey that showed the rate of people without health insurance in the United States and it fell lower compared to the previous years. The latest survey reflected numbers from 2016 and in the first nine months of the year, 8.8 percent of Americans were uninsured.

With that finding, 20.4 million fewer people lacked health insurance as compared to when Obamacare was first introduced in 2010. The survey was released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

The latest survey was used by many supporters of Obamacare. They claimed this is another reason for the Republicans to not push through with the ObamaCare repeal. "The continued reduction in the uninsured rate is more historic good news from the ACA -- measured in the quality of people's lives," Andy Slavitt, a former acting administrator for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said. 

Slavitt continued to suggest the Republicans should stop with the repeal and instead focus on the improvement of the Obamacare. Many Republicans also believe there should be changes laid out before the repeal would be approved so as not to cause inefficiency. 

Meaghan Smith, the spokesperson for the Alliance for Healthcare Security, an Obamacare advocacy group, said Republicans should not rush to rip the health care away from 30 million people. She believes the lawmakers should reveal a plan that protects the many dependents of the health care act.

As for the changes in the ObamaCare, Fortune reported Republicans recently released a list of what they want to change. Some of these include tightening the enrollment and collecting unpaid premium payments.

President Donald Trump and his representatives have not yet commented on the new survey. There is no deadline presented to the public yet as to when the repeal and the changes might fully roll out.

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