SURVEY: Two Million Fewer Adults Have Health Insurance

DORCHESTER, MA - APRIL 11:  Dr. Elizabeth Maziarka reads a blood pressure gauge during an examination of patient June Mendez at the Codman Square Health Center April 11, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to sign a health care reform bill April 12 that would make it the first state in the nation to require all its citizens have some form of health insurance.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


A major new survey out today found that the number of U.S. adults without health insurance grew by about two million this year, showing that the gains made over the past few years under the Affordable Care Act are starting to erode. About 20 million people gained coverage under "Obamacare," pushing the uninsured rate to historic lows. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found that the adult uninsured rate was 11.7 percent in the second three months of this year, compared with a record low of 10.9 percent at the end of last year. The highest numbers of insurance losses were seen among younger adults and people buying their own policies, which could be a reflection of rising premiums and declining choices in the insurance markets. President Trump has also repeatedly slammed the ACA, calling it a disaster and saying it's dead, and insurers say Trump administration actions are contributing to double-digit premium increases for next year.

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