Politics

Survey: Obamacare Has Significantly Reduced The Number Of Uninsured Americans

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Though the Affordable Care Act is still contentious, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey found that the legislation has substantially reduced the number of uninsured Americans.

In 2014, 36 million residents, or 11.5 percent of the population, were uninsured. Though those numbers may seem high, in 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, 16 percent of Americans were uninsured, meaning 8.8 million people have gained coverage.

The survey from the Centers for Disease Control isn’t the only indication that the ACA is reducing the number of uninsured Americans. A recent poll from Gallup found that the uninsured rate is still declining this year, The Huffington Post reported.

Despite the apparent success of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, 6.4 million people could lose their healthcare coverage due to the case of King v. Burwell, which the Supreme Court will rule on any day now. The case, which was brought by people who were recruited by conservative and libertarian think tanks, argues that the ACA that makes the legislation’s tax credit subsidies illegal if they don’t go through an online market for health plans created by individual states. The federal government runs the exchange in 34 states.

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Sources: The Huffington Post, Centers for Disease Control Image via LaDawna Howard/Flickr