A new survey says the number of uninsured American adults has dropped since the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, was implemented.
The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey reports that in 2010 there were an estimated 37 million people who were uninsured, but that number dropped to 29 million in the second half of 2014.
The report also found the number of Americans who had difficulty paying medical bills dropped from an estimated 75 million in 2012 to 64 million in 2014.
The survey says adults who didn't get health services because of high costs dropped from an estimated 80 million in 2012 to 66 million in 2014.
In December of 2014, MediaMatters.org recalled many of the failed, scary predictions made about Obamacare by conservatives and Republicans, including the loss of millions of jobs, no reduction in the number of uninsured Americans, millions of people losing their health insurance and government "death panels."
President Barack Obama announced on Jan. 15 that federal government employees will get up to six weeks of paid sick leave when they have a new child or an ill family member, noted The Washington Post. The President also put his support behind the Healthy Families Act, which would require that every working American get seven days of paid sick leave each year.
A Center for Economic and Policy Research report notes the U.S. is the only developed nation — out of 22 — that doesn't have a national paid sick leave law.
Sources: Center for Economic and Policy Research, The Washington Post, MediaMatters.org, Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey / Image Credit: Infrogmation