This is the second year in a row that the number of adults without health insurance increased. The data comes from the Commonwealth Fund and their new annual track poll. The number hit a historic low during the Obama Presidency at 12.7 percent, but now that number is back to 15.5 percent. Only individuals between the ages of 19 and 64 were polled. Gallup has similar findings, claiming a near 2 percent raise in uninsured Americans since the end of 2016.
There is something peculiar, yet unsurprising about this new data. Only Republicans are dropping their health insurance. Anyone that pays attention to the political climate of the United States probably already knows why Republicans are dropping their health insurance: Donald Trump told them to. The White House’s efforts to destroy Obamacare is no secret. These efforts have driven up the cost of health insurance by cutting mandates and guidelines from the bill, while leaving the skeletal structure of Obamacare in tact. Donald Trump wants the bill to collapse in on itself.
Contrary to popular belief, the individual mandate isn’t official dropped until 2019, but it seems Republicans are already dropping their insurers.
Another possibility is that families that are in the coverage gap are dropping their plans. People that make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but they don’t make enough to qualify for subsidized healthcare are simply not purchasing health insurance. These families and individuals are being forced out of the market by rising premiums.
No matter the reason, states that did not expand its Medicaid systems are seeing the biggest drop in insured citizens. This is a problem that the government will have to deal with sooner or later. The American people can’t allow the bitterness of Donald Trump and his ideologies to destroy systems that they need to survive.