Here's What the Trump Administration Has Done to Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S. - Pacific Standard

This Chart Shows What the Trump Administration Has Done to Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.

An estimated 12.2 percent of American adults didn't have health insurance coverage by the close of 2017.
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On Tuesday, Gallup released its quarterly data on the number of Americans without health insurance. It found that, in the fourth quarter of 2017, an estimated 12.2 percent of American adults didn't have health insurance coverage. That figure is up from about 10.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, which marked the lowest percentage of uninsured Americans ever recorded by Gallup.

The chart below, from Gallup, illustrates how health insurance coverage rose during the Obama administration, and then dropped during the first year of the Trump administration:

Gallup chart

The uninsured rate increased the most among people aged 18 to 25 (up by 2 percent), African Americans (up by 2.3 percent), Hispanics (up by 2.2 percent), and Americans earning less than $36,000 (up by 2 percent).

Gallup predicts the uninsured rate will continue to increase thanks in part to the Trump administration's repeal of the individual mandate and rising insurance premiums.

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