The share of Americans without medical insurance grew for the first time in a decade in 2018, and U.S. family earnings hardly moved, based on a government report Tuesday that laid bare points that could be central to the U.S. 2020 presidential election.
In a closely observed annual release of survey findings detailing healthcare and economic trends in 2018, the Census Bureau created a mixed picture of how families fared during President Trump’s second year in office, a time of sturdy economic progress and low unemployment.
Earnings grew a strong 3.4%, the percentage of Americans in poverty dropped to 11.8% in 2018 from 12.3% in 2017, and women noticed robust employment gains.
However, increases in family income, which sums up earnings and all other sources of money, postponed after three years of steady development. Census delegates said they could not readily identify the cause.
Also, about 27.5 million residents, or 8.5% of Americans, didn’t have health insurance in 2018, a rise of almost 2 million from the year before when 7.9% of people lacked insurance coverage, the Census Bureau stated.
It was the first year-to-year rise in the number of uninsured people since the Great Recession, Census delegates said and reversed the constant expansion of coverage since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014.
President Donald Trump campaigned on canceling the ACA, often known as Obamacare; however, failing that has taken steps to undermine the law’s benefits and protections, along with lowering funding for groups that help Americans purchase medical insurance.
Among the most significant jumps in the uninsured occurred between Hispanic kids and middle-class households with earnings well above the poverty line, and in electoral battlegrounds like Ohio and Michigan. The number uninsured in those states grew by 58,000 and 25,000 respectively.