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The Number of Uninsured Americans Holds Steady Under Trump

Should more states expand Medicaid?

by Axios | Updated on 11.16.18

Data: CDC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Overall, the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance is holding pretty steady under President Trump. The uninsured rate stood at 12.5% in the first half of this year, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The big picture: Most of those people should be eligible for Medicaid if their states expanded, or for heavily subsidized ACA coverage. That’s in line with where it’s been since the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion began in 2014.

Although coverage has expanded significantly across the board, the CDC’s report offers a good snapshot of who’s still uninsured.

By the numbers: Being uninsured is often temporary. About 17% of people said they had been without coverage for part of the year, compared with 7% who had been uninsured for over a year.

  • A quarter of the people who were uninsured at the time the CDC interviewed them were Hispanic; 14% were black, 9% were Asian and 7% were white.
  • People between the ages of 18 and 24 were more likely to be uninsured than older or younger adults.
  • Unsurprisingly, poor people still lack health care coverage — 25% of uninsured adults in the CDC’s survey had incomes at or below the poverty line.
  • Another 25% were “near poor," meaning their household income was less than roughly $25,000 for an individual, or $50,000 for a family of 4.
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  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    11/17/2018
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    ON THE WAY TO A UNIVERSAL SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR ALL!!!

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  • Cosmo
    Voted No
    11/18/2018
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    Stop trying to support an idea that has failed in every country it’s implemented in. You can’t keep sticking the middle class with more taxes. Very soon you will take the purpose of working away from the worker. Not sure but I believe depending which state you work in 2 1/2 days a week goes to Uncle Sam. That’s, not including that every time we take a dollar ,already taxed and spend it ,your government gets to tax it again. Stop the world I want to get off.

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  • ConservativeGuy
    11/20/2018
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    See? All good. Obama fixed it and Trump maintained it. Yay.

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  • Yay4Marx
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    We all pay in, we all get covered, easy as that. Tax the rich to get any other needed funding. Maybe don’t give Amazon, the most valuable corp on the planet, billions in tax incentives...

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  • jrs333
    11/18/2018
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    From 20% to 12% sounds like it has been reduced by 40% to me. Some one math abilities really suck. Sure ain't steady.

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  • Bernie
    Voted No
    11/17/2018
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    All this and only 10% more people are insured? Obamacare was the third biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American Public. After Global “warming” and the Mueller show trial.

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  • Jeffrey
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    If it’s such a problem for the federal government to protect their citizens health then the states should step up and take of care them...even people with no existing health conditions can still expect to pay almost a $1000 for insurance ... our people’s health should be cared about more than selling missiles to Bahrain

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  • Marc
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    Next year, major steps need to take place that significantly strengthens the ACA or begin the move to Medicare for all or universal health

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    Our Nation is getting older on average. Even our POTUS (Petty Old Tweeter & Ugly Swamper) is passed 70😄

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  • Gfeiste
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    We need Universal Healthcare/medicare for all from cradle to grave. Get rid of the middle man and insurance companies. Control the cost of drugs, and don’t let pharmaceutical lobbyists tell you that will impede research on new drugs - they spend more on marketing and bribes than they do research. The only thing it will do is cut their profits. Insurance should only be for vision, dental, and supplemental coverage for the deductibles and if 20% is retained (which it shouldn’t).

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  • Thelma
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    Healthcare is a human right. We must be leaders here and not followers. We are a global embarrassment in how we treat our poor and disabled.

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  • M.Albert
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    I thought trump was gonna fix it....as usual he fails at everything he does. Tax cuts didn’t benefit working people, his DOJ is refusing to protect preexisting conditions against a lawsuit by 22 states. You gotta wake up and do some research people

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  • Azrael
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    Everyone deserves a healthy life

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  • Peter
    Voted Yes
    11/17/2018
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    It is time for Medicare for All. Illness does not discriminate. Even those who live healthily and are financially responsible can be ruined by an expensive diagnosis such as cancer. That is why we must all bear the cost of health care for each other's benefit.

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  • michelle
    Voted No
    11/17/2018
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    The more stuff is given to a person, the less ownership one takes.

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  • Dara
    Voted Yes
    11/17/2018
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    Our healthcare system is in tatters for many Americans. We need to stop this and provide healthcare for all.

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  • Helen
    Voted Yes
    11/17/2018
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    It is time for Medicare for All. Illness does not discriminate. Even those who live healthily and are financially responsible can be ruined by an expensive diagnosis such as cancer. That is why we must all bear the cost of health care for each other's benefit.

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  • August
    11/17/2018
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    Keeping something that quickly grows out of affordability and quality fades, is not a victory. Canada solved this same problem, just copy their healthcare system. I have talked, worked with , and visited Canada many times, and they like their system. They think our healthcare system is insane. Like a majority of Americans, I agree with them.

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  • John
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    Universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.

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  • Dave
    Voted Yes
    11/16/2018
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    Healthcare should be expanded to all single player for all!

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