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16 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage Under Obamacare

| by Michael Allen
President Barack Obama.President Barack Obama.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report on March 16 that found 16.4 million previously uninsured adults now have health insurance since   Obamacare began enrolling citizens in October 2013.

The rate of uninsured Americans dropped to 13.2 percent from 20.3 percent in 2012-13.

According to CNBC, "As of this month, there were about 26 million American adults without health insurance, compared to about 40 million without coverage just before the Obamacare insurance marketplaces launched in the fall of 2013." Officially called the Affordable Care Act, many refer to the set of laws and health insurance as Obamacare.

The government's numbers are based on data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Survey, but do not say which Americans got health coverage from expanded Medicaid, health care exchanges or employers, noted USA Today.

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Not surprisingly the drop in uninsured people was strong in the 28 states that have expanded Medicaid programs, as compared to the 22 mostly Republican-dominated states that refuse to do so.

Harvard University and the City University of New York found in a 2014 study that 7,000-17,000 additional deaths were likely to happen in states that refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, reported The Morning Call.

Sources: USA Today, CNBC, The Morning Call
Image Credit: Pete Souza/White House