Obamacare’s costly premiums, collapsing exchanges drive up uninsured by 2 million in 2017

Obamacare’s costly premiums, collapsing exchanges drive up uninsured by 2 million in 2017

[Ed. – Probably every single one of us has either been directly affected, or knows at least one household — and probably more — that either can’t afford insurance now, or has no option in the state or county to buy it.  The only “covered” number that’s gone up is the number of people on Medicaid.]

The number of Americans without health insurance has increased by nearly 2 million since the beginning of 2017, according to a report from Gallup.

In the third and fourth quarter of 2016, the percentage of the uninsured hit a record low of 10.9 percent. Since that time, the percentage has been increasing, hitting 11.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017 and 11.7 percent in the second quarter. …

“Rising insurance premiums could be causing some Americans to forgo insurance, especially those who fail to qualify for federal subsidies,” Gallup said. “Furthermore, some insurance companies are leaving the ACA marketplace, and the lack of competition could be driving up the cost of plans for consumers.” …

In addition, the percentage of those covered by Medicaid increased by 2.3 percent since the fourth quarter of 2013.

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