Gov't report: Progress reducing US uninsured stalled in 2016 – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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WASHINGTON — After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government report Tuesday that underscores the stakes as Republicans try to roll back Barack Obama’s law.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 28.6 million people were uninsured last year, unchanged from 2015. The uninsured rate was 9 percent, an insignificant difference from 9.1 percent in 2015.

The numbers suggest that the two main components of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, were reaching their limits in Obama’s final year as president. Premiums for private insurance were about to jump, and 19 states continued to refuse the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. The number of uninsured could start climbing again under some of the policies now being considered by President Donald Trump.