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As GOP Prepares For Repeal, Study Adds To Growing Evidence Health Law Is Working

The number of Americans who skipped care because of costs dropped by nearly 20 percent between 2013 and 2015.

CQ Roll Call: Obamacare Led To Reductions In Uninsured Rates, Study Finds
The rate of uninsured adults dropped to historic lows in a number of states between 2013 and 2015, according to a study released Wednesday by The Commonwealth Fund. According to the analysis, which compared state performance data using yearly information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the uninsured rate for adults ages 19 to 64 dropped in each of the 50 states during that time period. Over one-third of states, including the District of Columbia, had uninsured rates below 10 percent by the end of 2015. (Williams, 12/21)

The Philadelphia Inquirer/ Yet Another Report Finds That Obamacare Is Working
A new report from the Commonwealth Fund adds to the evidence that the embattled Affordable Care Act has been doing its job.  Since the law's implementation, the number of people without health insurance has dropped in all states. It fell by at least three percentage points in 48 of them and the District of Columbia. The rates are now at "historic lows," said David Blumental, president of the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports research on healthy policy issues.  (Burling, 12/21)

Miami Herald: Health Care Coverage, Access Improved Under Obamacare, Study Says 
Like nearly 1.5 million people in Florida, de Anda has an ACA plan that she bought on the insurance exchange at — coverage that includes psychiatric counseling, prescription drugs and hospitalization if she ever needs it. But now, worried that she might lose the coverage under President-elect Donald Trump, de Anda joined a protest outside the offices of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican and frequent critic of the health law commonly known as Obamacare. (Chang, 12/21)

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