News

Actions

Number of Americans without health insurance grew in 2017

Number of Americans without health insurance grew in 2017
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 06:16:10-05

(CNN) - The number of uninsured Americans rose 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent by the end of 2017, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. That translates to about 3.2 million more uninsured Americans entering 2018.

Experts blame the drop on the Trump Administration’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and insurers either withdrawing from the health care exchanges or raising their rates.

The drop could continue this year, as about 500,000 fewer people signed up on the federal exchange during open enrollment season.

Copyright 2018 CNN. All rights reserved.