President Barack Obama has announced that the uninsured rate among Americans has reached record lows.
Obamacare has been a law for six years now, and during that time, 20 million people under the age of 65 have obtained some level of coverage, brining the rate of uninsured Americans down to a low that has never seen before in the country.
The latest data from the Obama administration shows 2.4 million more people became insured since the fall.
The speech was given by the president while he was in Milwaukee, where he spoke of the benefits of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) and of the many people who are now enjoying health insurance coverage as a result of its implementation. Federal officials have said that the increases in health insurance coverage over the lifespan of the ACA have resulted from the expansion of Medicaid in order to be able to allow more low-income adults to qualify, the sale of private health plans via state and federal government operated insurance exchanges, and the new regulation that ensures that parents can keep their kids on their own health plans until the age of 26 years.
Since Obamacare went into effect, about 6.1 million previously uninsured people from 19 to 25 years obtained coverage.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, stated that “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 20 million Americans have gained health-care coverage.” Burwell also went on to point out that “We have seen progress in the last six years that the country has sought for generations. Americans with insurance through the health insurance marketplace or through their employers have benefited from better coverage and a reduction in the growth in health-care costs.”
During the president’s visit to Milwaukee, where he had made his speech about the Affordable Care Act and the growth of health insurance coverage, he was introduced to Brent Brown, a man from Wisconsin who had previously written a letter to President Obama, which stated that “you saved my life” by passing the health care law.
Brown explained that he was a devoted republican and had not voted for Obama, and, prior to the implementation of Obamacare, he had been “very vocal in my opposition to you — particularly the ACA.” He’d written the letter as a form of apology, pointing out that he had never been able to buy health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition, but he now had access to care that would not otherwise have been available to him.