Monday, September 17, 2018

Health Insurance Coverage

I saw claims about what percentage of Americans have health insurance, but I have learned that when you see claims made with which you agree, it is always best to check the original source.  The Census Bureau gathers data on poverty, family income, and insurance coverage. You may recall Re. Nancy Pelosi (D-LaLaLand) claiming that record low unemployment levels being not meaningful because so many Americans were injured by alterations to Obamacare.  Those changes happened in 2017.  The Census Bureau reports:
At the same time, the number of people without health insurance coverage and the uninsured rate were not statistically different from 2016....
The percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire 2017 calendar year was 8.8 percent, or 28.5 million, not statistically different from 2016 (8.8 percent or 28.1 million people). Between 2016 and 2017, the number of people with health insurance coverage increased by 2.3 million, up to 294.6 million.
If Obamacare was supposed to fix the problem of being uninsured, it obviously did not succeed, and the piddly changes made by Congress in 2017 made nothing worse.

Democrats will also be disturbed to learn:
Median household income in the United States in 2017 was $61,372, an increase in real terms of 1.8 percent from the 2016 median income of $60,309. This is the third consecutive annual increase in median household income.
The nation’s official poverty rate in 2017 was 12.3 percent, with 39.7 million people in poverty. The number of people in poverty in 2017 was not statistically different from the number in poverty in 2016. The 0.4 percentage-point decrease in the poverty rate from 2016 (12.7 percent) to 2017 represents the third consecutive annual decline in poverty.  

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