The proportion of people with no health insurance in the United States reached a low in early 2022, at 8% of the population, welcomed the government of Joe Biden, Tuesday August 2. The rate of uninsured people began to fall sharply after the entry into force in 2014 of the “Affordable Care Act”, an ambitious reform of medical insurance better known as “Obamacare”, the flagship law of Barack Obama.
Between 2018 and 2019, however, the uninsured curve rebounded, before falling again. In total, “5.2 million people have obtained coverage since 2020, coinciding with the start of the Biden-Harris administration in January 2021”, underlined the Ministry of Health, in a press release. This figure includes 4.1 million adults and 1 million children, according to the report on which the government relies, carried out from a survey conducted each year among households.
However, around 26 million people remain without health coverage in the country today. “No one should be afraid of not being able to pay their doctor, or having to choose between paying their rent and getting their medicine”the Democratic president said in a statement. “Today, we are closer than ever to making this principle a reality.”
He considered that recent progress was linked in particular to the improvements contained in the American Rescue Plan, the emergency aid plan adopted at the start of his mandate, which contained measures facilitating access to health insurance through grants to help families pay for medical coverage. “Pretty cool, huh, Barack Obama?”Joe Biden tweeted on Tuesday welcoming the news. “Absolutely, Joe”replied the former Democratic president, still on Twitter.
You bet, Joe. 31 million folks enrolled and the lowest uninsured rate ever. Now Congress needs to pass the Inflation Reduction Act to build on this progress. https://t.co/P23rP0K6J2
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 2, 2022
The two men advocated for the passage in Congress of the “Inflation Reduction Act”, a law largely focused on clean energy and climate, but also containing measures to guarantee subsidies granted for medical coverage and to make lower drug prices.