US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama


WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans kept up their health insurance last year despite President Donald Trump's all-out push to dismantle the Obama-era coverage expansion. That's the counter-intuitive conclusion from a major government survey Tuesday.

After nearly a full year of Trump, the uninsured rate was 9.1 percent for 2017, almost the same as toward the end of the Obama administration, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That works out to a little more than 29 million people uninsured.

Overall, the uninsured rate has dropped from 16 percent when the Affordable Care Act w...

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