CDC: Re­duc­ing unin­sured rate slows, threat­ens to stall

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

With deep di­vi­sions over Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law reap­pear­ing in the elec­tion’s fi­nal days, a gov­ern­ment re­port shows that progress in re­duc­ing the num­ber of unin­sured Amer­i­cans has slowed to a crawl. The study re­leased Thurs­day by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion sug­gests the 2010 law may be reach­ing a limit to its ef­fec­tive­ness.

The CDC said the num­ber of unin­sured peo­ple dipped by only 200,000 be­tween 2015 and the first six months of this year, which it called “a non­signif­i­cant dif­fer­ence.” The find­ings come from the Na­tional Health In­ter­view Sur­vey, which has queried more than 48,000 peo­ple so far this year.

The Af­ford­able Care Act has cut the num­ber of Amer­i­cans with­out health in­sur­ance to his­tor­i­cally low lev­els, but progress threat­ens to stall this year amid en­dur­ing po­lit­i­cal dis­agree­ment over the gov­ern­ment’s role in guar­an­tee­ing cov­er­age.

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