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More than 1 Million Americans Lost Health Coverage in 2018

In 2018, more than 1 million Americans lost health coverage, continuing a pattern of decline since 2017 when Trump Administration and Congress decreased the Affordable Care Act requirements and regulations. In 2017, 29.3 million Americans did not have coverage and in 2018 this number increased to 30.4 million Americans, while previously the number of uninsured Americans declined under Obamacare according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) also reported a decline in health coverage among Americans. Daniel Derksen, a health policy expert at the University of Arizona, stated that he “doesn’t think [the coverage decline] is too shocking with efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the number of Americans without coverage decreased. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, removing the requirement that people must have health insurance or pay a fine. Americans have since turned to “skinny” health care packages that offer low prices in exchange for high deductibles that people cannot afford. The percentage of people under 65 with a high-deductible health plan increased […]

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