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  Poverty is down, but more people have no health insurance, census data show
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Last EditedRP  Sep 10, 2019 10:01am
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AuthorDon Lee
News DateTuesday, September 10, 2019 03:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe nation’s poverty rate dropped further last year, but household income stalled, and the share of people without health insurance went up for the first time since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to federal government data released Tuesday.

The Census Bureau found that the percent of U.S. residents who went without medical insurance last year rose to 8.5% from a revised 8% in 2017.

It was the first such increase since the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, led to sharp declines in the uninsured rate, which was previously reported as 14.5% before the full effect of the act in 2014.

Analysts were expecting an erosion of the gains from Obamacare in 2018, thanks in part to the Trump administration’s moves to weaken it.
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